Cross-post sharing a piece from our sister Web journal, Forgotten Favorite (which we announced here at the beginning of 2015).

Brooklyn-based contributor, Lovett Hines, writes about his introduction to hip hop and how it shaped his identity as a black kid in America, focusing specifically on Public Enemy’s “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”. As he writes, “It expressed our mistrust of a system we believed to be corrupt and a spirit of purposeful defiance. This song was the father of N.W.A.‘s ‘Fuck tha Police!‘”

Read more and listen along over at Forgotten Favorite. And remember—if you ever want to contribute, simply send your piece via the mail icon on the upper right.