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Public Enemy

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (6:24)

This track by Public Enemy was released in 1989 from their album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The song is built on a high-pitched piano sample from the Isaac Hayes song "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" from the album Hot Buttered Soul and tells the story of prison escape.

The vocals are done mostly by lead Public Enemy rapper Chuck D, with sidekick Flavor Flav appearing in between verses, seemingly speaking to Chuck over the phone. Flavor… read more

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I got a letter from the government
The other day
I opened and read it
It said they were suckers

Public Enemy - Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos Lyrics


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  • sick piano loop
  • That Isaac Hayes sample might well be my favourite hip hop sample ever.
  • PE classic!
  • amazing piano sample
  • cold sweatin' in my cell...
  • Cuck fencorship.
  • LOOK AT THAT MUSIC... its the same ftw ?!?! ----> Soul Assassains Feat.Dr. Dre & B. Real - The Puppet Master
  • slick isaac hayes sample.
  • Going out with a bang ready to bang out, the power from the sky from the tower shots rang out...Chuck DDDDDddddddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Now the chase is on, tellin' you to come on...

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