DaveyD.com reports recently the Not In Our Name project took out a full page ad in the New York Times opposing War on Iraq. Among the signees were fellow Hip Hop artists Mos Def, Ozomatli and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples. During the Public Enemy show in New York, Blackalicious announced on stage that they would be out at the Central Park Rally later today in New York. Check out more on the Not In Our Name project here.
Chuck D of Public Enemy spoke with Loren T. Cone of San Diego CityBeat, where he talked about the veteran rap group embracing the internet, unlike some of their corporate counterparts. “‘Revolverlution’ is a return full-circle to the roots of Public Enemy,” says Chuck D. “But also it’s like holding a revolver to the industry with technology and a new way of looking at things. The Internet provides me with television stations, radio and also print medium at my disposal. The involvement of the community of hundreds of people who actually want to listen to music and check out the groups and also do music themselves. I think it’s a wonderful thing.” Read more.
AllHipHop.com has a petition posted on their message board over a decision to sentence Flavor Flav of Public Enemy to nine weeks in jail by a judge on Wednesday (September 25). The sentence was imposed because Flavor Flav violated the terms of his parole by failing to make his scheduled appointments with his probation officer and failing to pay numerous traffic violations. The rapper will serve the sentence at New York’s Riker’s Island prison. The petition states, “We charge that the conditions in Riker’s Island are deplorable and completely unsuitable for somebody who we proclaim to be a hero of hip-hop and American culture.”
Flavor Flav was incarcerated in New York for a parole violation — stemming from an earlier arrest for driving without a license — which will cause him to miss an unspecified number of shows on Public Enemy’s tour, which kicked off in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Flav hopes to join Public Enemy later in the tour, but in the meantime, PE is considering inviting guest rappers to join them on stage throughout the tour in Flav’s absence.
Chuck D of Public Enemy tells Rob Clark of The Dallas Morning News that “Hip-hop is flatlining.” He explains, “If it doesn’t peak and it doesn’t valley, flatlining means everybody’s doing the same thing the same way. If you flatline, you might as well be dead.”
Public Enemy will begin a twenty-one-date fall tour with Dilated Peoples and Blackalicious on September 14th in Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, PE’s Chuck D addressed his song ‘Son of a Bush’ to RollingStone.com saying, “It addresses the almost forgotten governor term that launched him into cheating the presidential election in the first place..”
Cyclone of Australia’s Beat Magazine spoke with Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who addressed why he and the group left Def Jam in 1999 to release ‘There’s A Poison Goin’ On’ independently. “I looked at the world as one piece, whereas the companies always look at the world from country to country,” he explained. “If I’m releasing a product, I know it’s gonna go all around the world, whereas if Redman released a product they’ll be worrying about getting the ‘play in New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta first and, me, I’m thinking way beyond that.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chuck D of Public Enemy was having a great time at W Lakeshore Friday night after attending a blacks in technology seminar.
Public Enemy’s Chuck D commented on Eminem being the new Elvis for this generation to Newsday’s Glenn Gamboa. “Eminem is the new Elvis because, number one, he had the respect for black music that Elvis had,” Chuck D said. “I think he’s courteous and sympathetic to black music, and, unfortunately, he’s more sympathetic to black music than many black artists themselves.”
Searches for Public Enemy in July were somewhat of a disappointment considering the importance of the group to hip hop. Searches on pay-per search engine Overture.com only had the group searched for 6,495 times, with the most searched for member being Chuck D. Flavor Flav was second in searches, followed by Terminator X and Professor Griff. None of the members real names made the 25 search limit.