RAP HERO CHUCK D.
The year 1984, there was a new force on the rise in the music industry; rap. This early form of
Rap was no more than some random dude on the mic at the house party going “check one, check two!”
That was followed by a long descriptive rant about how awesome he was and what made him so awesome. The content of early rap was boastful and party oriented. The climate of the country was the feeling the leadership was attacking the low income communities. The Republican Party had such a delusional perception of the low income community. True drugs were being dealt daily in the ghetto.
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Public Enemy, also known as P.E., did not start conscious rap, however they took it to the height no one thought possible. With the release of their second album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” the hip hop community was put on notice. No longer bragging on the mic was going to cut it. P.E. was teaching without teaching, yet reaching everyone’s conscious who listen to the album. Chuck D comes with this voice that commands and sounds a lot like a southern Baptist preacher. Before this album, I had never heard of Malcolm X. My house never spoke of him only Dr. King. My parents thought Malcolm to be a trouble starter, not looking for justice but to get even. Chuck D gave another viewpoint to me on Malcolm X. Everything about P.E. was new and powerful. The symbols on the cover were just thought provocative. The names of the songs wanted someone to question what the song was about. Chuck D had the right voice for the concept of the music. Main stream paid attention to Chuck D when his lyrics to a song is as follows: “I got a letter from the government; the other day, I opened and read it, it said they were suckers. They wanted me for their army or whatever; picture me givin’ a damn, I said never!” In another song he states : The hard rhymer, where you never been; I’m in. One more example of Chuck D’s wizardry with words:” Radio, suckas never play me. On the mix, they dislocate me. Radio stations that call themselves black, I question their blackness; we’ll see if they play this.” This kind of mistrust agreed with young black community. It also scared the country’s leadership. No longer are raps just party music, it was turning into something else. A movement. I’m sure I wasn’t the one who learned history while listening to...