Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (3:43)

Cover of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

From It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 16 other releases

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 went to another room and did actually call the studio to achieve this effect.

The live version can be heard here Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (live)

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