Additional personnel includes: Voices Of Shabach Community Choir Of Long Island (vocals); Paul Logus, David Phelps, Reeves Gabrels (guitar); Kerwin Young (saxophone, keyboards, bass); Jack Dangers (programming, scratches); Danny Saber (programming); Johnny Juice (scratches); Kyle Jason, Veda (background vocals); Stephen Stills, Masta Killa, KRS-One, Rampage, Smoothe Da Hustler, 4 Kast, LuQuantum Leap, Supernatural, Minnesota, Serenity.
Producers include: Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, D.R. Period, Gary G-Wiz, Abnes Dubose.
Engineers include: Rawle Gittens, Ricciano Lumpkins, Tony Prendatt, Rob Chiarelli, Paul Logus.
Public Enemy springs back into action with this album, which doubles as the soundtrack to Spike Lee's film. Reuniting the original Bomb Squad production team of Hank & Keith Shocklee, Eric Sadler and Gary G-Wiz with Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and Terminator X makes for an impressive mix of styles and songs. In classic Public Enemy fashion, sampling is timely and well used.
The title cut features a sample from the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth," as well as a newly recorded performance from Steven Stills. As such, it is Public Enemy's most radio friendly, commercial song to date. "Unstoppable" is a collaboration between PE and KRS-One. Producer Gary G-Wiz brings the two most pioneering rappers in history together for the first time on his underground head-banger. On "House of the Rising Sun," producer Kerwin Young makes clever use of a sample from The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." On the surface, HE GOT GAME is a soundtrack, but closer inspection reveals a classic PE album.
What the critics say...
Spin (8/98, pp.137-138) - 8 (out of 10) - "...This comeback album lacks the R&B ease Puffy commands, but it proves PE will carry on. It's timeless rather than timely rap, made with doubt that it's going to have an impact on trendy hip-hop consumers..."
- Resurrection - (featuring Masta Killa)
- He Got Game - (featuring Stephen Stills)
- Unstoppable - (featuring KRS-One)
- Shake Your Booty
- Is Your God A Dog
- House Of Rising Sun
- Revelation 33 1/3 Revolutions
- Game Face
- Politics Of The Sneaker Pimps
- What You Need Is Jesus
- Super Agent
- Go Cat Go
- Sudden Death (Interlude)
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