No rapper before or since has matched the righteous fury of Chuck D, the Long Island Hammer who railed against American rot and injustice with the keen mind of Aragorn, the blunt force of Gimli's axe, and precision of Legolas' bow.

With the help of his trusty sidekick Flavor Flav, the innovative production team The Bomb Squad, and the guiding hand of Rick Rubin, Chuck D forged four classic albums in five years: 1987's Yo! Bum Rush the Show, 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990's Fear of a Black Planet, 1991's Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black. Click through the gallery to revisit 10 of Public Enemy's best songs from this era.