I dunno where else to post this. I woke up today thinking of this song.
Nation of Millions was a huge part of teenage years, particularly this track. I didn't know it at the time, but I was hugely fortunate to go to school during the "golden age" of hip hop.
This might come as a shock to some on here, but I'm kind of obsessed with 90s electronic music. /s Tricky's work has always been a mixed bag, but his high points are the stuff of legend. His cover of Black Steel is downright magic. He doesn't improve on the original, but he makes the song completely his own. What a mad idea, a UK hip hop artist (at that moment in time, arguably the most famous one) doing a female vocal hard rock cover of a militant hip hop original. It's brilliant (in both the US and UK sense.) The song and video are 25 years old at this point and could have been recorded yesterday.
Cool story bro: in the 90s, when the internet was primarily text based, I had a .plan (I know some HCers remember plan files) that was nothing but the lyrics to the Tricky version of Black Steel. I had it that way for a 2-3 years. I got an email from a college friend of mine whom I had not heard from in years saying "Dude I can't believe your plan is Black Steel. Also, why is it the Tricky version?" The internet was a lot cooler before all the normies got on it.