Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black—Public Enemy (1991)
“The Bomb Squad had its own time period. Hank and Keith started taking on more outside work and getting bigger jobs. And that was the goal…to bum rush the show until each one of the people that was in Public Enemy had some footing. The plan was for a two to four-year period. And then after that everything fragmented into different areas and everybody had their own level of commitments that they had to adhere to. My commitment after 1990 was with Public Enemy. I was just trying to build what we had in Long Island. Everybody else got popular as far as dealing with the music world. So on Apocalypse 91 [you didn’t hear the Bomb Squad].
Again, we don’t like repeating ourselves. Apocalypse 91 started out as a remix album. Then it became an EP and then finally an album. Fear of a Black Planet and Apocalypse 91 were as different as night and day. Apocalypse 91 was more stripped down; it was more lean. [Producer] G-Wiz brought a great, strong, lean feel to the table that was still arranged by Hank and myself. It was a great idea and a great project.
‘Shut ‘Em Down’ came out of a lot of the boycotts that were happening. I remember being in Queens and I was talking to this cat. And he was talking about how Red Alert was just killing cats. He was just smashing records on the radio. And he kept talking about Red in amazement. He kept saying over and over again, ‘Yo, Red Alert, man…that cat is shutting them down.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to have a song title in a minute [laughs].’ Sure enough, that’s how the ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ title came about. Black people were always quick to say we were going to boycott something, but Public Enemy made the statement that you have to build and boost your own. Sometimes boycotts work and sometimes they don’t. But when you have your own that’s more powerful.”