CArtist: Chuck D
Best Album: Apocalypse ’91: The Enemy Strikes Black
Best Song: Fight the Power
This Letter Could Have Been About: Chubb Rock, Common, Coolio, The Crest, Cunninlynguists

Why I’m Writing About This Artist: Because I’m cheating again; yesterday I used a group to represent the work of a single artist, and today I’m using a single artist to represent the work of a group: Public Enemy.  I said yesterday that no single person had had more of an effect on my development as a human being than KRS-ONE.  Still true.  But PE magnified and extended the influence that Boogie Down Productions had.  They are the greatest group in the history of hiphop for a very good reason.  If you haven’t been watching the videos, make sure to check this one out, and understand just how much PE terrified white people in the late eighties and early nineties.

Have a video!:

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Luther M. Siler

The author of SKYLIGHTS, THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES and several other books.

5 thoughts on “#ATOZCHALLENGE, Day 3: Chuck D

  1. That’s a really powerful video. I think it was great what they stood for, and what many of the artists stand for. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Oil and their songs about the aboriginal people’s abuse by the white population in Australia.

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  2. Ha! I remember them even though I’ve never been into hip-hop. There was a craze back in the day. Great choice of video. (Not my quote/unqote “official visit from the list here — just stopping by to see how this is going for you).


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