February 4, 1990 |
The song bursting through the speakers in the basement recording studio just off Broadway in the SoHo area is called "War at 33 1/3 It's the ideal sound track for the summit meeting taking place this night between rap's two most embattled figures. Chuck D. is the 29-year-old leader of Public Enemy, the controversial New York rap group that has been embroiled in controversy in recent months over alleged anti-Semitism. Chuck D.
February 7, 1988 |
Chuck D, the chief wordsmith and propagandist for the outspoken rap group Public Enemy, spent much of 1987 defending himself against some charges that his songs reinforce the violent image that is often associated with rap music. "Yeah, there was a problem with some of the language on the album, but most of it was just a misunderstanding of what the songs were about," acknowledged D, in the decidedly un-plush headquarters of his management company, Rush Productions.
October 10, 1990 |
Public Enemy, the rap group whose non-appearance at the Pacific Amphitheatre Sunday brought charges of political interference from other acts on the bill, was never scheduled to play the show in the first place, a group spokeswoman said Tuesday. The spokeswoman for New York-based Rush Productions Inc.
January 11, 1990 |
CBS Records chief executive Walter Yetnikoff's call for dialogue within the company about the issue of racism and bigotry in music may lead other record companies to take similar steps. A memo from Yetnikoff distributed Wednesday to more than 7,000 CBS Records employees across the country stated that the issue--which has surfaced several times in recent months-- "can no longer be ignored" and solicited input in setting company policy.
October 9, 2002 |
Chuck D looked like a man ready to box. The rapper stood at the center microphone at the House of Blues on Monday, hidden beneath the hood of his yellow jacket as the rest of Public Enemy erupted into the fist-pumping "Put It Up." The night was just beginning, and already Chuck D was setting a new agenda, challenging all the "patriotic MCs on bent knees." That's the kind of message one expects from Public Enemy, still fiery and fearless nearly two decades on. Soon a man in a George W.
January 9, 1992 |
A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Fife Symington has described as "unfortunate" a new promotional video by acclaimed rap group Public Enemy that features the mock assassination of various fictitious state officials. The video, "By the Time I Get to Arizona," is designed to protest the state's rescinding in 1987 of a state holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., Public Enemy's Chuck D. said Tuesday during a press conference in New York.