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Chuck D: About

Chuck D

2024 VersoFest Kickoff Conversation Headliner. Revolutionary, hip hop icon, social activist, author, film producer, and digital music pioneer.
Link to Chuck d Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History in the catalog
Link to STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D in the catalog
Link to What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? album by Public Enemy in Hoopla
Link to Summer of Hamn : hollowpointlessness aiding mass nihilism by Chuck D in the catalog
Link to The Anthology of Rap edited by Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; afterword by Chuck D and Common in the catalog
Link to Public Enemy Live From Metropolis Studios in Hoopla
Link to It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Deluxe Edition) by Public Enemy in Hoopla
Link to Revolverlution by Public Enemy in Hoopla
Link to Fear Of A Black Planet (Deluxe Edition) by Public Enemy in Hoopla
Link to Yo! Bum Rush The Show by Public Enemy in Hoopla


Who is Chuck D?

Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on August 1, 1960, the American rapper, author and producer is more widely known by his stage name, Chuck D. Attending Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School in New York, Chuck D displayed his passion for music and graphic designing by participating in the school’s hip hop events and even designing promotional flyers for them. Chuck D then went on to study graphic design at Adelphi University but continued to be actively involved in hip hop at the same time. During one of his radio shows, Chuck D was caught rapping on Shocklee’s ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ and was immediately signed as a rapper for Rick Rubin’s Def Jam Labels.

Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, released their debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show in 1987 but failed in making it a great hit. Their next album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, however, followed in 1988 and started the success streak for the band.

Public Enemy continued to produce one great hit after the other including Fear of a Black Planet and Apocalypse ’91The Enemy Strikes Black, introducing the genre of rap music in all audiences. In 1988, the number one hip-hop band of its time also recorded the soundtrack for He Got GameContinue reading from Famous African Americans

Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes. Continue reading from Collective Speakers

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