Public Enemy Lyrics

Land of the free
But the skin I'm in identifies me
So the people around me
Energize me
Callin' all aboard this train ride
Talkin' 'bout raw hardcore
Leavin' frauds on the outside
But the bad thing is anyone can ride the train
And the reason
For that is 'cause we look the same
Lookin' all around at my so called friend
Light skin to the brown
The black
Here we go again
Homey over there knows Keith an
But he be thiefin'
I don't trust him
Rather bust 'em
Up out goes his hand and I cough
He once stole from me
Yeah I want to cut it off
The black thing is a ride I call the nighttrain
It rides the good and the bad
We call the monkey trained
Trained to attack the black it's true
'Cause some of them look just like you
Stayin' on the scene
Sittin' on the train
See all the faces
Look about the same
There go the sellout who's takin' a ride like Cargo
'Cause he deal
The keys from Key Largo
Runnin' Nat narcotic
By George he got it
Takin' makin' the G erotic
And the fiends they scheme
So he can put 'em down
But his method is wreck 'em
Put 'em in tha ground
Got tha nerve as hell
To yell brother man
He ain't black man
Known to murder his own
Traitor on the phone
Ridin' the train
Self-hater trained
To sell pain
The master's toy
Little boy
Hard to avoid he look wit' it but he null 'n' void
'Cause he ridin' the train you think he down for the cause
'Cause his face looks just like yours
More of the same insane who sayin'
Like flowin' like night train
Runnin' the pain of the black reign
You look, you laugh
You doubt and go out
And I'm gone
But the bass goes on
To talk the talk, but walk the walk
The king of New York
Crack a lack attack the black
To crack the back
Once again I test a friend wit' sincerity
Or consider him an enemy
Who am I to tell a lie
Rather push da bush
Hope da cracker get crushed
I'm rollin' wit' rush
Leader of the bum rush
Russian I ain't
Spreadin' like paint
Lookin' at the put I got
And its kickin'
But it ain't chicken
But it's livin' for a city
So sick 'n' tired
Of a scene buckwild, piled in a file
Senile or Chile
They said it never been no worser
Than this, I'm on the night train
They hope ya don't miss it
Give ya what dey gotta give you just go
You mustn't just put your
Trust in every brother yo
Some don't give a damn
'Cause they the other man
Worse than a bomb
Posin' as Uncle Toms
Disgracin' the race
Blowin' up
The whole crew
Wit' some of them lookin'
Just like you

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Swan of Nutella

When rap could be fast and terrifying like underground metal of the time. I head-bang to this. Need to bring this style back.


This is like the headbanging heavy metal of hiphop, unlike any track, in pace and aggression! I would have loved Chuck D to bring that energy into Prophets of Rage. The Vinnie Paz, Coka Nostra type stuff is hard but the pacing and "noise aggression" is not the same. Maybe a few tracks that could come close are...
Gunshot - Killing Season
P.O.W.E.R. - Power to the People
Fun'Da'Mental - Demonized Soul
Techno Animal - 101 Cruise Mode

william p

Chuck has it...not too many do. Zack has it as well...

william p

Well said 🙌


jdbankshot None of these can compare to much that 90’s Hip Hop had to offer. And R.A. is far from ”the best MC alive” lol. AZ and Nas are FAR better.

guardi guard

Can't get any harder than this.


guardi guard Rebel without a Pause from 1988 and Welcome to the Terrordome from 1990 is harder...


The original and best version and my favorites song on the album.

marxman 300

@skdkskdk ok I only thought pete rock done the strong island remix.didn't know he done the throw down remix too


@marxman 300 Thanks for the comment.It prompted me to search for remixes, it wasn't the rock, it was more or less NO
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Public Enemy - Nighttrain (Get Up Get Involved Throwdown Mixx) [1992]

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