Bring the Noise

Bring the Noise

Infobox Single
Name = Bring the Noise

Caption =
Artist = Public Enemy
from Album = Less Than Zero" and "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
A-side =
B-side = "Are You My Woman?" by The Black Flames
Released = 1987
Format = 12"
Recorded =
Genre = Hip hop, Rap, Hardcore rap
Length = 3:45
Label = Def Jam
Writer = Carl Ridenhour Hank Shocklee Eric "Vietnam" Sadler
Producer = The Bomb Squad
Certification =
Last single =
This single =
Next single =
Misc =
Infobox Single
Name = Bring the Noise

Artist = Anthrax featuring Chuck D. of Public Enemy
from Album = Attack of the Killer B's
B-side = "Keep It in the Family (Live)" "I'm the Man '91"
Released = July 8 1991
Format = 10" CD
Recorded =
Genre = Rapcore
Length = 3:34
Label = Island Records
Writer = Joey Belladonna Dan Spitz Scott Ian Frank Bello Charlie Benante Carl Ridenhour Hank Shocklee Eric "Vietnam" Sadler| Producer = Anthrax Mark Dodson
Last single = "In My World" (1990)
This single = "Bring the Noise" (1991)
Next single = "Black Lodge" (1993)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Attack of the Killer B's
Type = Studio album
prev_track = "Milk (Ode to Billy)"
prev_no = 1
this_track = "Bring the Noise'"
track_no = 2
next_track = "Keep It in the Family (live)"
next_no = 3
"Bring the Noise" is a song by the hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film "Less Than Zero" (see 1987 in film) and was also released as a single that year. It later became the second track (and the first actual song) on the group's groundbreaking 1988 album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" (see 1988 in music). The single reached #56 on the "Billboard" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

"Bring the Noise"'s lyrics, most of which are delivered rapid-fire by Chuck D with interjections from Flavor Flav, include boasts of Public Enemy's prowess, an endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, retorts to unspecified critics, and arguments for rap as a legitimate musical genre on par with rock. The lyrics also have a remarkable metrical complexity, making extensive use of meters like dactylic hexameter. The title phrase appears in the song's chorus. The song also gives several shoutouts to artists like Run-DMC, Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusual for a rap group, thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs.

The song's production by The Bomb Squad, which exemplifies their style, features a dissonant mixture of funk samples, drum machine patterns, record scratching by DJ Terminator X, siren sound effects and other industrial noise.

"Bring the Noise" was ranked #160 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.


*"It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney
*"Funky Drummer" by James Brown
*"Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic
*"Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie" by DJ Grand Wizard Theodore
*"I Don't Know What this World is Coming To" by the Soul Children

The recording begins with a sample of Malcolm X's voice saying "Too black, too strong" repeatedly.

Used as a sample

"Much More" by De La Soul, "Everything I Am" by Kanye West, and "Here We Go Again" by Everclear all sample Chuck D's voice saying "Here we go again" in "Bring the Noise". His exclamation "Now they got me in a cell" from the first verse of the song is also sampled in the Beastie Boys song "Egg Man". The track, 'Undisputed', from the 1999 album "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" by Prince samples Chuck D's voice saying "Once again, back, its the incredible" in its chorus and also features an appearance from Chuck D himself. Also, the game "Sonic Rush" samples the beginning of "Bring the Noise" in the music for the final boss battle.

Anthrax version

In 1991 Public Enemy recorded a new version of "Bring the Noise" in a collaboration with the thrash metal band Anthrax. Chuck D has stated that upon the initial request of Anthrax, he "didn't take them wholehearted seriously", but after the collaboration was done, "it made too much sense". VH1 - Behind The Music - Anthrax] It was included on the Anthrax album "Attack of the Killer B's" and on Public Enemy's own "Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black", and was followed by a joint tour by the two bands, with shows escalating in a dual performance of the song at the very end of the set. Chuck D went on to say that shows on the tour were "some of the hardest" they ever experienced, but when the two bands joined on stage for "Bring the Noise", "it was shrapnel".

As one of the first and most admired rapcore songs, the Anthrax version of "Bring the Noise" is considered highly influential. It attempted to bridge the gap between hip hop and heavy metal and paved the way for other attempts to mix the two genres. It was ranked #12 on VH1's 2006 list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs ["VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1-4 May 2006, "VH1" Channel, reported by [] ; last accessed September 10, 2006.] and is featured in the video games "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW", "WWE Wrestlemania 21" , "WWE Day of Reckoning", "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2", and "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x.

The title of the Anthrax version is sometimes spelled "Bring tha Noise" or "Bring tha Noize".

ingle track listing

# "Bring the Noise" - 3:34
# "Keep It in the Family (Live)" - 7:19
# "I'm the Man '91" - 5:56


In 2007, "Bring the Noise" was remixed by house DJ Benny Benassi as well as Ferry Corsten. Benassi's remix slowed the track down, and cut off many of the lyrics. Benassi mixed two versions of the song. The Pump-kin version exemplies a heavy melody, while the S-faction edit added more emphasis to the bassline. The S-faction version won a Grammy for best remixed recording at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Ferry Corsten only mixed one version which was released around the same time as Benny Benassi's remixes, it was released February 26, 2008 on iTunes.In 2007, Gigi D'Agostino also released a track called "Quoting", which is a remix made by him of "Bring the Noise". He made it in the bass line of Lento Violento a style created by him, similar to hard style but slower and harder.

Benny Benassi

# "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Edit)
# "Bring the Noise (S-faction Edit)
# "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Remix)
# "Bring the Noise (S-faction Remix)
# "Bring the Noise (Pump-kin Instrumental)
# "Bring the Noise (S-faction Instrumental)

Ferry Corsten

# "Bring the Noise (Radio Edit)
# "Bring the Noise (Extended Mix)

Gigi D'Agostino (Lento Violento Man)

# "Lento Violento Man- Quoting

Other versions

The alternative metal group StainD covered "Bring the Noise" with Fred Durst on the "" compilation album.


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