The layers of samples on this track combine to make up a Frankenstein's Monster of sound that was only possible because they didn't clear those samples - common practice at the time.
A ruling on sampling didn't come down until 1991, when Gilbert O'Sullivan won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)
" on Markie's "Alone Again." This ruling had a major impact on the overall sound of hip-hop and tore down the "Sonic Wall" the Bomb Squad producers used to bring the noise for Public Enemy. It became so expensive to use the various samples that producers began to use interpolations instead, opting to hire studio musicians to replay the bits they wanted to use so they would only have to pay the songwriter as opposed to the record label.
For Public Enemy, who chopped bits and pieces of music to create their own original compositions, the sound they had invented through a collage of samples to define their music had to be completely changed.
Samples from "Terrordome" include:
"Psychedelic Shack" by The Temptations
"Train Sequence" by Geoffrey Sumner
"Bon Bon Vie (Gimmie the good life)" by T.S. Monk
"Cold Sweat" by James Brown
" (live version) by THE Temptations