Bass! How low can you go?
Death row, what a brother knows
Once again, back is the incredible
The rhyme animal
The uncannable D, Public Enemy Number One
Five-O said, "Freeze!" and I got numb
Can I tell 'em that I never really had a gun?
But it's the wax that the Terminator X spun
Now they got me in a cell cause my records, they sell
Cause a brother like me said, "Well
Farrakhan's a prophet and I think you ought to listen to
What he can say to you, what you wanna do is follow for now"
Power of the people, say
"Make a miracle, D, pump the lyrical"
Black is back, all in, we're gonna win
Check it out, yeah y'all, here we go again

Turn it up! Bring the noise!
Turn it up! Bring the noise!

Never badder than bad cause the brother is madder than mad
At the fact that's corrupt as a senator
Soul on a roll, but you treat it like soap on a rope
Cause the beats and the lines are so dope
Listen for lessons I'm saying inside
Music that the critics are blasting me for
They'll never care for the brothers and sisters
Mow, cause the country has us up for the war
We got to demonstrate, come on now, they're gonna have to wait
Till we get it right
Radio stations I question their blackness
They call themselves black, but we'll see if they'll play this

Turn it up! Bring the noise!
Turn it up! Bring the noise!

Get from in front of me, the crowd runs to me
My deejay is warm, he's X, I call him Norm, ya know
He can cut a record from side to side
So what, the ride, the glide should be much safer than a suicide
Soul control, beat is the father of your rock'n'roll
Music for whatcha, for whichin', you call a band, man
Making a music, abuse it, but you can't do it, ya know
You call 'em demos, but we ride limos, too
Whatcha gonna do? Rap is not afraid of you
Beat is for Sonny Bono, beat is for Yoko Ono
Run-DMC first said a deejay could be a band
Stand on its feet, get you out your seat
Beat is for Eric B. and LL as well, hell
Wax is for Anthrax, still it can rock bells
Ever forever, universal, it will sell
Time for me to exit, Terminator X-it

Turn it up! Bring the noise!
Turn it up! Bring the noise!

From coast to coast, so you can stop being like a comatose
"Stand, my man? The beat's the same with a boast toast"
Rock with some pizzazz, it will last. Why you ask?
Roll with the rock stars, still never get accepted as
We got to plead the Fifth, we can investigate
Don't need to wait, get the record straight
Hey, posse's in effect, got the Flavor, Terminator
X to sign checks, play to get paid
We got to check it out down on the avenue
A magazine or two is dissing me and dissing you
Yeah, I'm telling you

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Bring The Noise Lyrics as written by Carlton Douglas Ridenhour Carlton Ridenhour

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  • +3
    General CommentScrew JayZ and Lincoln Park - with Anthrax, this is the original and best metal/rap remix
    bkat004on April 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay, binomal. We get the point. You love the song but you find yourself incredibly tortured because of it.

    Man, six posts over two years, and you flipflop again and again. That borders on obsession. Whether you love or hate PE, this song, or whatever...that's fine! Opinions are just that and it's okay if you don't agree with the Nation of Islam. The rants have nothing to do with the song's meaning though.

    If I see someone handing out pamphlets on the street, and they don't offer one to me, I don't freak out. It's all right. Maybe it's not meant for me...

    Nobody says you have to "accept" anything from anybody. You've made your point, now just don't listen to PE if you don't agree with their message. Again, it's probably just not for you.

    Oh, and to address your points on racism, they seem mighty shallow to me. You seem to have this white bourgeois mentality that everybody should just "be normal Americans" and not make waves when it comes to race issues. One of PE's central themes is that it's difficult/impossible to be "normal Americans" when there is still an imbalance of power between the races. As a result, PE's lyrics argue people who feel persecuted because of race should stand tall and fight back to empower themselves, rather than being polite and asking "normal America" to let them assimilate into that great old, perfect White European Judeo-Christian culture that passes for "normal America" to people who make the points that you are (or seem to be) making.

    It's the same thing "normal America" told Native Americans to do after subjecting them to the destruction of their culture and outright genocide of their people. A whip across the back and the enslavement of your people gives you the right to be a little confrontational, don't you think? So if you think "cracka" and "nigger" have equal weight as insults or the same dark power as words of hatred and oppression, you should 1) walk outside and open your eyes, 2) read a few history books, and 3) finally realize that things (TODAY, not in the 1800's man, but right now) are still not balanced in this country!

    Just because you are an idealist and think things should be perfect does not mean they are, and in the real world someone with experience different than yours has the right to say whatever they think, and sometimes people fight hate with hate. Equality shouldn't exist only when it suits your opinions or is convenient for you. Things have never been equal in this country, so don't blame a dog that gets kicked everyday of its life for biting its former master's leg. You sound seriously out of touch when you say everybody should just "play nice." Again, open your eyes man - how do you expect PE to "play nice" when the power structure they're talking about plays as dirty as it gets. Read the lyrics. Don't believe all the hype of people who call PE racists, but think for a second of where they're coming from. Try to put yourself in anybody's shoes besides your own. And then, once you actually have an educated opinion, come back and say what it is that "drives a wedge between people," as you put it. The wedge is already there, it's always been there, and ignoring the wedge doesn't mean there's not a wedge!
    FoggyNotionson July 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll I want to say is that Belgium isn't better. Every country has shit. Every country has it's own racial issues, more because of economic and/or social problems.

    In the US you have the KKK; in Belgium you have Vlaams Belang, an extremist party (heirs of neo-nazi groups) wiht 20% of the votes. In Antwerp they even earn 33% of all votes and at the same times you had racial murders, racial riots, etc. We've even had some kind of local Malcolm X (Abou-Jahjah). We have zionist lobby's who blame everything on the muslims. We've had concerts from the neo-nazi's from Blood&Honour. We have tensions between Dutch-speaking and French-speaking people. We have had problems from ghetto's from Paris.

    And still, if I walk in Antwerp, Brussels or another Belgian town I don't feel bad about it. I still feel safe; I'm not afraid of being mugged or raped. Maybe the USA is just a little paranoid?
    ChampagneSocialiston October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic. My favorite song from the album.
    akira_256on October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere's all the comments? this is such an inspirational song. I'm appaled there aren't more people here!
    pauli_panthaon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like "He Got Game" better, but this is a classic.
    kmk_natashaon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo each their own. It's actually got a good beat. I especiallyloved the collab version with Anthrax at one point. I just don't wanna hear people preach to me about tolerance who are less tolerant than me. It's kinda a joke. 2Pac and Nas have/had positive shit, too, and I take it more seriously. Why? Because they are/were artists first, and more human seeming, rather than trying to be some kind of role models or politicians. IF PE weren't so hypocritical, I'd take conscious more seriously from them. I can't go from listening to Pink Floyd to Public Enemy and honestly not say that I recognize which is truly more "progressive". Just mine, though.

    Farrakhan is a racial separatist, hardcore black Muslim extremist, and fullfledged racist. Not exactly a supporter of human equality. Why should we

    "listen to
    What he can say to you, what you ought to do"
    binormalon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, yeah. Fuck whitey! (Turns to nearest "whitey" to be found)
    binormalon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI retract my former comments, as I realized that I was probably just ignorantly judging them off certain arrogant members of their hardcore black Muslim fanbase. Everyone probably has some level of personal prejudice, as the flawed human beings we all are, and it's not like they go overboard with it. I really do like the song. I still think Farrakhan's a racist, BUT I guess he does have good advice for black people.

    And Public Enemy are an awesome group, since I've given them more of a chance. A lot of the white people he does attack deserve it. Racist pricks. And he did do the collaboration version with 4 white guys (Anthrax).

    The widespread acceptance of racism and double standards of acceptance for INDISCRIMINATE white people among many positive black empowerment movements just makes me not want to get but so involved with such things. So, to me, that aspect of many "black empowerment" movements, I think is counterproductive as far as turning away people who they might want to reach out to (poor White America). This could also conceivably turn potential allies into enemies, in some scenarios (that I've actually heard about). Think about it. If a white kid goes to an a mostly black school in a poor neighborhood, and is constantly harassed, he will get frustrated and angry. Ignorant hate group fucks such as skinheads may capitalize on this confusion, like leeches, molding their young minds. ie: "Join us and be strong". Not saying that's right, but that both sides have their own racism and double standards, and this FACT can no longer be ignored, if we want TRUE progress and possibly more black-white cooperation in equality and diversity issues.

    I meant gaining cooperation from more than extremely liberal whites. You can piss on white libs and they will shake your hand and say "That's alright, homie. We still down?" (sarcasm) They have no pride. I kinda see some of them as offensive to both black and white people. But, anyways.....

    Sorry for goin on the off topic rant. Great song.
    binormalon March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRegarding the line, "Farrakhan's a prophet and I think you ought to listen to
    What he can say to you, what you ought to do,"
    Prof Griff was fired from the group in '89 for making anti-semitic remarks, something Farrakhann's considered guilty of. Although he later rejoined the group just before it's disbandment, I think this proves PE as a group doesn't endorse/agree with All of Farrakhan's preachings.
    I myself don't have to agree with every single line, stance, thought, etc. artists make to decide if I like their music or not.
    I listen to Slayer too, but I don't pray to Pentagrams and worship the devil. It just gets me pumped up when I work out.
    Mel Gibson's proven himself to be an anti-Semite with his recent drunken comments that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world". Ok so he's an idiot, but I'm still gonna watch Mad Max and Braveheart cause they're great movies.
    Just take what you want and leave the rest.
    PE had a message and they brought it before and during a time when most white Americans were in denial, or blissfully ignorant that racism still exists.
    "Five-O said "Freeze!" and I got numb
    Can't I tell 'em that I really never had a gun?"
    Man that was written 3 years before the infamous Rodney King beating. Regardless of his guilt all you gotta do is ask yourself, would a drunk, reckless driving, uncooperative, white guy have received the same ass whooping?
    PE took no prisoners and weren't concerned with dumbing down to guarantee airplay.
    I love the line, " Radio stations I question their blackness
    They call themselves black, but we'll see if they play this"
    PE's beats and rap style are among the most talented for that era in music.
    Remember MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice?
    'Nuff said.
    timothiuson October 04, 2006   Link

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