Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age—Public Enemy (1994)
“I wasn’t worried about [how gangsta rap was dominating]. I had just come back from Africa, which allowed me to make a bold statement of what I was with and what I wasn’t with. I didn’t wait for a corporation or a hip-hop East or West Coast constituency to OK my next move, which was Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age. I got that co-signature from going to Africa and having my level raised. I didn’t care about the criticisms from the Source, Rolling Stone orToure for that matter. I came back from Africa with a strong perspective and view of hip-hop whether people liked it or not. It fell in line with never repeating yourself.
We used a lot of organic sounds. In retrospect it was a strong record. But people have robotic tendencies especially at that time. Just because one style was in that doesn’t mean that Public Enemy had to follow the Pied Piper leading a bunch of children in the river. We were performing around the world. Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age was a strong international record. I still feel it to this day.”