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27 January, 2014@1:13 pm

In part one, on Arsenio’s original show, Chuck D said we need to be careful not to lose rap the way we lost jazz and the blues. Now, 20 years later, it’s time to ask: has that happened?

In part two, Arsenio had to ask Chuck D about the first time he met Flavor Flav, and what he was doing.

In part three, Chuck D is grateful for the recognition Public Enemy has received from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he’s also eager to shine the spotlight a crowd you may not expect.

In part four, Arsenio closed out his old school hip hop show with Rapper’s Delight performing a medley of “La La Song,” their legendary hit “Rapper’s Delight,” featuring Chuck D, Luther Campbell, and DJ Spinderella. Even Olympic figure skater Jason Brown got in on the action.

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6 Responses to "Arsenio: Chuck D Interview"
  • yungplex says:

    The Rhyme Animal is a true visionary.

  • Atom says:

    What is with all these rappers becoming feminists?

    Saying there are no female rappers like it’s some conspiracy. Rap has always been aggressive, and it’s logical you will have more men than women, just like how more men are into football.
    Regardless, I can name plenty of female emcees throughout the years who were huge.
    Queen Latifah, Niki Manaji, Salt N Peppa, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Trina just come to mind and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Then you have tons who didn’t go pop. I don’t know what they play on the radio nowadays, but I do know there are TONS of women with songs all over the urban pop radio stations, whether they are doing some hybrids of R&B/pop/rap whatever.
    Chuck D has stated he is an Obama supporter, and he seems to go along with whatever the party’s agenda of the day is. Now he just seems like a political pawn for those in power, rather than somebody fighting the power.

    Rappers can’t get too political nowadays unless it aligns with the Democratic party. Not only will they get blasted by the media if they attempt speak against it, but the black community has been strongly aligned with one party for a while, so if you speak against the party that modern black people embrace, they aren’t going to let you get very far in the rap game. I’m def not saying Republicans are the good guys. I’m saying both these parties are corrupt as shit and part of the same two headed monster. Even though Griff can spout some crazy shit sometimes, he seems more in touch than Chuck D. Don’t forget Chuck D kicked him out because of the negative media backlash of his comments.

  • The Man The myth says:

    I quoted Chuck D in my response to the Grammy’s, but seriously Chuck has lost touch. He used to be pushing boundries, but now he is just a progressive fool. I mean, the fact that he supports Obama is enough for me to know that he is no longer a public enemy, just another dummy who fell for the hype. Griff is lightyears ahead of Chuck nowadays.

  • Atom says:

    <3 ya Man the Myth. Good to know I'm not alone and there are other intelligent people out there.

  • yungplex says:

    In an interview with Le Monde published January 29, 2008,[15] Chuck D stated that rap is devolving so much into a commercial enterprise, that the relationship between the rapper and the record label is that of slave to a master. He believes that nothing has changed for African-Americans since the debut of Public Enemy and, although he thinks that an Obama-Clinton alliance is great, he does not feel that the establishment will allow anything of substance to be accomplished. He also stated that French President Sarkozy is like any other European elite: he has profited through the murder, rape, and pillaging of those less fortunate and he refuses to allow equal opportunity for those men and women from Africa. In this article, he also defended a comment made by Professor Griff in the past that he says was taken out of context by the media. The real statement was a critique of the Israeli government and its treatment of the Palestinian people. Chuck D stated that it is Public Enemy’s belief that all human beings are equal.

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