Hello, After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.
Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.
The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future….
Probably the hardest opening bars to a rap song ever, outside of Prodigy’s “There is a war going on outside , no man is safe from..” Shouts to Chuck D.
What started out as a music of rebellion has been turned into the ultimate weapon for the government according to former drug trafficker Freeway Rick Ross who along with the C.I.A conspired to put tons of cocaine and crack into poor black urban neighborhoods.
Alex Jones interviews Rick Ross about the music industry and how it is being used to sell the drug culture to the youth of America and prepare them to be inducted into the prison system.
Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discussion on the impact of legendary group Public Enemy is accord with the 30th anniversary of hip hop powerhouse Def Jam. Still not feeling the omission of Professor Griff because he was integral to their success and him being left out is a travesty in itself. With that being said, Public Enemy changed the game, as Russell alludes to in this interview with Noisey for their Back and Forth series.
He should of apologized a long time ago. The heat was coming and his Hip Hop pass was about to be revoked.
Peter Rosenberg responds to the much talked about comments from Chuck D who has stated that his goal is to change urban radio.
Definitely wanna hear Ebro’s response to the points Chuck is making, who has never held his tongue when it comes to how he feels about the current state of Hip Hop music. I would also like to hear Chuck address the fact that this current crop of ratchet reality television was practically built from Flavor Flav’s “Flavor of Love” which spawned everything we see now in terms of urban reality show programming.
“The look on my face after I heard what a sloppy fiasco @hot97 in NYC has made of HipHop. #culturalCrime,” Chuck D said in the Twitter post.
One of Chuck’s followers responded by saying Hot 97 has to “pay the bills like everybody else.” To this, Chuck said: “yeah slavery paid bills too, correct?”
He elaborated: “bottom line is you make sht better than how you found it. You buy a house, don’t take care of it, a town is calling u out..”
The leader of Public Enemy speaks on Trayvon Martin and how he feels the Reagan and Bush presidencies contributed to the proliferation of druga nd guns in the black community.
Flavor Flav sings with auto tune? Chuck D is vomiting right now.
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This never loses its flavor…classic! Happy B-Day Flav!!
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Public Enemy’s answer to John McCain’s snubbing of the KING holiday being recognized by the State of Arizona.
Props to 2 Dopeboyz for uploading this spread for reality show starlet Hoopz.
I am just curious as to all the stars that came out of The Flavor Flav star making hub,if he gets his just due and a check for making these hamburgers into t-bone steaks? Sad reality is probably not. Anyway enjoy Hoopz and go over and cop an issue of King Magazine.
Streetwear company Obey has just released the official Public Enemy Collection which includes graphic prints of the group, Chuck D as well as the famed PE M-65 graphic. The collection is currently available at Ubiq and various streetwear stores across the nation.
Just in time for the Summer Jam hype surrounding PE
via The Evil Collector
Yeah, yeah, yeah Supreme just worked with them, but is there really a problem with Obey helping to get more Public Enemy gear on your back? Set to release mid June, some of the pieces in this collection are pretty dope. I mean, I don’t know how often we’ll see Flav rocking an M-65 but the jacket looks sick all the same.
Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D has announced the launch of a new company that aims to revolutionize the way the Hip-Hop community conducts business across the globe.
The rapper’s new business, The Bring The Noise Eastlink Media, Management, Music Group (BTNEastlink), will offer a wide range of business and digital media services for artists under one roof.
The new firm represents a union of several interests supported by Chuck D and the Public Enemy family over the years, in an effort to meet the total needs of the company’s entertainment and technology clients.