Public Enemy – “911 Is A Joke” Single Anniversary

Public Enemy – “911 Is A Joke” Single Anniversary

Public Enemy released its “911 is a Joke” single (off their album Fear of a Black Planet) on March 22, 1990.  The track was written and performed by Flavor Flav and produced by the Bomb Squad.  The song was controversial due to the fact that is spoke poorly about the “emergency services” that come late when they are called into the “hood”.  It was later thought that 911 spoke about the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, but since it was more than 12 years before…nah…I don’t think so!

The song is catchy and only Flavor Flav could’ve done this track  justice!  The video was a classic and if you look really closely, you will see Samuel Jackson make a cameo appearance.  The song was a hit and can be heard all through the summer of 1990.  ENJOY!

-Al E.


Hit me!!!

Going, going, gone
Now I dialed 911 a long time ago
Don’t you see how late they’re reacting
They only come and they come when they wanna
So get the morgue truck and embalm the goner
They don’t care cause they stay paid anyway
They treat you like an ace they can’t be betrayed
A no-use number with no-use people
If your life is on the line then you’re dead today
Latecomers with the late coming stretcher
That’s a body bag in disguise y’all, I’ll betcha
I call ’em body snatchers cause they come to fetch ya
With an autopsy ambulance just to dissect ya
They are the kings cause they swing amputation
Lose your arms, your legs to them it’s compilation
I can prove it to you watch the rotation
It all adds up to a fucked up situation

[Chorus: x2]
So get up get, get get down
911 is a joke in yo town
Get up, get, get, get down
Late 911 wears the late crown

911 is a joke
911 is a joke

Everyday they don’t never come correct
You can ask my man right here with the broken neck
He’s a witness to the job never being done
He would’ve been in full effect
But late 911 was a joke cause they only joking
They the token to your life when it’s croaking
They need to be in a pawn shop on a
911 is a joke we don’t want ’em
I call a cab cause a cab will come quicker
The doctors huddle up and call a flea flicker
Reason why I say that cause they flick you off like fleas
They be laughing at you while you’re crawling on your knees
And to the strength so go the length
Thinkin’ you are first when you really are tenth
You better wake up and smell the real flavor
Cause 911 is a fake life saver

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