2. Lyric: Public Enemy – “Bring The Noise”

Is “Bring The Noise” one of Public Enemy’s best tracks? Yes. Is it one of Chuck D’s best raps? Oh yes. Every time I rediscover “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” it stuns me, and that’s got to be something to be proud of in an album released ten years ago. This will always be incredible:

Now they got me in a cell ’cause my records they sell
Cos a brother like me said “Well…
Farrakhan’s a prophet and I think you ought to listen to
what he can say to you, what you ought to do.”

Whatcha gonna do? Rap is not afraid of you
Beat is for Sonny Bono, beat is for Yoko Ono
Run-DMC first said a DJ could be a band
Stand on its feet, get you out your seat
Beat is for Eric B, and L.L. as well, hell
Wax is for Anthrax, still it can rock bells
Ever forever, universal, it will sell
Time for me to exit, Terminator X it…