Anthrax's Scott Ian refers to Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" as an album "that changed the world."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame may be well known for inducting acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Elvis Presley, but Hip Hop has slowly managed to work its way into the famed museum. Among the latest acts to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is iconic rap group Public Enemy.
Their induction has of course garnered some criticism, but one rocker in particular is ecstatic about the Long Island group’s induction. While speaking with Radio.com, Scott Ian of Anthrax revealed that he was “stoked” upon hearing the news.
“But they absolutely deserve to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I’m happy for Chuck and [Flavor] Flav, they’re two of my favorite artists and favorite people, and I love working with them. So yeah, I’m stoked for them,” said Ian.
The Anthrax guitarist went on to share his thoughts on Public Enemy’s classic album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and revealed that in his eyes it’s an album “that changed the world.”
“In 1986, ’87 and ’88, Public Enemy was my favorite band on the planet. They changed music,” Ian explained. “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, I compare that album to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Guns ‘N Roses’ Appetite For Destruction or Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV.’ If you make a list of albums that changed the world, that changed the way we hear music, that album has to be on that list. It was so mind-blowingly sonically different from anything that anyone had ever heard. It was lyrically so strong. And scary – in a good way. I used to think that it was a great thing that people were afraid of Public Enemy. A band could actually make people afraid! That’s incredible that they could evoke that kind of emotion.”
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place tonight (April 18) at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.