"Intro (Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos)" as written by Carlton Ridenhour, William Jonathan Drayton, James Henry Boxley Iii and Eric T. Sadler....
I got a letter from the government the other day
Opened it and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never

Here is a land that never gave a damn
About a brother like myself because I never did
I wasn't with it but just that very minute
It occurred to me, the suckers had authority

Cold sweatin' as I dwell in my cell
How long has it been? They got me sittin' in the state pen
I gotta get out, but that thought was thought before
I contemplated a plan on the cell floor

I'm not a fugitive on the run
But a brother like me, begin to be another one
Public enemy servin' time, they drew the line y'all
They criticize me for some crime

I got a letter, I got a letter, I got a letter
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never
Mmm, mmm, mmm
It occurred to me, the suckers had authority

Cold sweatin' as I dwell in my cell
How long has it been? They got me sittin' in the state pen
I gotta get out, but that thought was thought before

I got a letter from the government the other day
Opened it and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never

Here is a land that never gave a damn
About a brother like me and myself, because I never did
I wasn't with it but just that very minute
It occurred to me the suckers had authority

Cold sweatin' as I dwell in my cell
How long has it been? They got me sittin' in the state pen
I gotta get out but that thought was thought before
I contemplated a plan on the cell floor

I'm not a fugitive on the run
I'm not a fugitive on the run

Many switch in, switch on, switch off
Many switch in, switch on, switch off
Many switch in, switch on, switch off
Many switch in, switch on, switch off
Many switch in, switch on, switch off

Nevertheless they could not understand
I am a black man and I could never be a veteran
On the strength of situations, I'm real
I got a raw deal, so I'm lookin' for the steel, looking for the steel

I got a letter from the government the other day
Opened and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never

Here is a land that never gave a damn
About a brother like me and myself, because I never did
I wasn't with it, but just that very minute
It occurred to me the suckers had authority

Cold sweatin' as I dwell in my cell
How long has it been? They got me sittin' in the state pen
I gotta get out, but that thought was thought before
I contemplated a plan on the cell floor

I'm not a fugitive on the run, I'm not
I'm not, I'm not a fugitive on the run
But a brother like me, begun to be another one
Public enemy servin' time, they drew the line y'all
They'll criticize me for some crime

I got a letter from the government the other day
Opened it and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never

Here is a land that never gave a damn
About a brother like me and myself, because I never did
I wasn't with it, but just that very minute

Mmm, mmm, mmm
I got a letter from the government the other day
Opened it and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me givin' a damn, I said, never

Here is a land that never gave a damn



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"Intro (Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos) [Live]" as written by Carlton Ridenhour William Drayton

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    General CommentHey im from Australia and ive never heard this song before, did they put it on a cd? Was it not released in Australia or something? is this a public enemy song?
    RenegadeOfFunkon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts the intro to a live concert, i forget which one, its on there, i dont like promoting it, but download it.
    Scottehon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts track 6 from Live & Rare, a special release they put out. Don't download it, go and buy it if you can find it, its awesome
    pedleyron November 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou're missing the Chuck freestyle just before he breaks into 'I got a letter.........'

    'I'm with Rage on the stage
    an on back Zack Tim on the Bass, Tom in effects
    we got Brad on the drums can you get some,
    drummer in the ????, can you get some
    pump pump on my lap at all times
    return of the boom bap
    listenin' to rage, here to here
    hear ye hear ye, the crowd so near me
    but you still don't hear me
    letter from the government........'

    not 100%, but its as accurate as I could make out. anyways....

    'return of the boom bap' is a reference to old skool hip hop.

    Check the video;
    youtube.com/…
    Dstyleson June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentChuck D's Rage rap at the beginning is a bit inaudible, but I believe it begins with: "I'm with Rage on the stage, and I'll back Zach, Tim on the Bass, Tom in your face."
    Glimsilon April 12, 2008   Link

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