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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…

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

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