The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

5. Public Enemy "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos" (1989)

Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Producer: The Bomb Squad
Label: PIAS

Public Enemy crossed Chuck D's politically charged cynicism with the Bomb Squad's sample-stuffed production and Flava Flav's comic relief over classic albums like 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which featured the classic anti-government polemic "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos." In it, Chuck dodges the military draft, refusing to fight in a war for a country he that doesn't seem concerned with his interests, and gets hit with jail time. That's where shit gets crazy. Feeling like he's been wrongfully imprisoned, Chuck lies in wait to catch a CO sleeping on the job, and when he does, he snatches dude's gun and proceeds to spring himself and fifty some-odd inmates out of lock-up. The song ends with Chuck and his fellow escapees on the run, although the 1989 video [LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM5_6js19eM] adds a grim epilogue: Chuck getting executed to the snarling amusement of the prison's warden.

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