Chuck D attended the EMI post Grammy party in New York on Sunday (February 23). Check out pictures from Rex Features.
Public Enemy performed during the 2003 Rock the Vote Awards at the Roseland Ballroom on Saturday (February 22) in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.com.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Public Enemy frontman Chuck D went on the attack of pResident Bush in a full Lang Auditorium at the University of Northern Iowa. “This is the usual cycle of government,” he said. “If you rule the oil, you have the potential to rule the world. People are saying that Sadaam is a new Hitler, but the rest of the world is looking at Bush like that. The American policy has been to detach itself from the rest of the world and everyone else is a bunch of heathens. That’s the wrong way to look at it.”
AllHipHop.com caught up with Kam, who spoke out against government and MTV. He says being in the Nation of Islam has made it more difficult to express his views. “I mean just look at the sh** with Public Enemy, MTV tried to ban their sh** because of a Mumia picture come on now! America doesn’t want the truth,” Kam said. “But we got people like Farrakhan, who don’t give a fu** about entertaining falsehood and popularity contests. He just care about the truth. I follow his example. We all should. Speak up no matter who or what.” As for a war on Iraq? “We’ve been at war. Black people been attacked. This war ain’t new to us. 9/11 happened 24/7 in Watts, in Detroit, in Compton, in Philly, in Queens, we were always unsure when a tragic event would wipe out our entire community. That sh** is nothing new to us.”
DaveyD.com reports a coalition of artist are meeting and drafting up some sort of plan to launch a Hip Hop Peace Project. This is made up of a broad coalition of hip-hop personalities ranging from Chuck D of Public Enemy to members of Jam Master Jay’s family to the National Hip Hop Summit Youth Council to elected officials like NY councilmen Leroy Comrie. Read more.
Chuck D of the group Public Enemy spoke at a news conference announcing the National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council’s ‘Hip-Hop for Peace Project’ on Tuesday (November 12) in New York City. The project was created to raise awareness in the hip-hop community in response to the murder of rapper Jam Master Jay of the group Run DMC.
The New York Daily News reports Power-105 and Hot 97 have been trying to keep the delicate balance between remembering the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC and keeping the beat he helped create. Power 105 played Run DMC music though didn’t talk about his death. Hot 97 also played their music, but took a harder look at the violence that led to his murder in ‘Street Soldiers’. Flavor Flav of Public Enemy talked with Power 105’s Ed Lover and Doctor Dre insisting part of the answer is “less violence in the music.”
Craig D. Lindsey of the Houston Press talked with New Jersey rapper Dälek (real name: Will Brookes) who wants audiences to know that he and others like him are aiming to tear down hip hop as we know it completely. He says commercial rap has already done its part to bury the genre alive. “That stuff has more in common with Britney Spears than it does with Public Enemy or KRS-One,” he says. “It’s all a packaged product, [so] from that angle of it, yeah, hip-hop is dead. But then you have other underground artists that are doing music to express what they’re going through in their life, and that’s what hip-hop is always about. So I don’t see hip-hop, in that sense, dying at all.”
Vibe magazine’s November issue has a piece focusing on Brazilian hip hop where they list some of the country’s top artists. Amongst them, MV Bill. The MV stands for Mensogeiro da Verdade, meaning Messenger of Truth. The rapper’s music blends the rebel spirit of Tupac Shakur with the concious vibe of Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The Brazilian government tried unsuccessfully to censor his hit song and video ‘Soldado do Morro’, meaning ‘Soldier of the Hill’, which, they believed, promoted gang violence. You can check out the 10 minute video, which you can bank on would never get played on the Viacom owned MTV or BET, below.