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EAGLE EYE
01-10-2011, 02:44 AM
http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/chuck-ds-open-letter-never-have-so-many-been-pimped/

[Note: Chuck D wrote this essay as a letter to Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur (AllHipHop.com (http://www.allhiphop.com/)) and Davey D (DaveyD.com (http://www.daveyd.com/)). With permission, the message by the Public Enemy leader, has been edited slightly into a scathing editorial about the media, Hip-Hop and the how the culture has been pimped by a mere few.]

Chuck D:

http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-brown-final-.jpg (http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-brown-final-.jpg)I really don’t know what constitutes for “relevant” coverage in HIP-HOP news in America these days, but I really want to give you all a heads up. As you know I’ve been through three passports, 76 countries on the regular in the name of Hip-Hop since 1987 and in 2010, although I’ve never stopped traveling the earth this year, I’ve seen, heard and felt some new things.
As far as RAP and HIP-HOP, it’s like USA Olympic basketball, the world has parity now and have surpassed the USA in ALL of the basic fundamentals of HIP-HOP – TURNTABLISM, BREAKING, GRAFFITI, and now EMCEEING with succinct mission , meaning and skill. Skill-wise rappers spitting three languages, have created super rappers to move the crowd with intensity and passion. The “arrogant” American comes in blackface, but if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United Stateshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/editorial/archive/2011/01/03/22542191.aspx#) would get Gold, Silver or Brass or even ass for that sake.
http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Fear-of-a-Black-Planet-brown-300x296.jpg (http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Fear-of-a-Black-Planet-brown.jpg)Personally, Public Enemy has been setting records in a record book that doesn’t really exist. The 20th year anniversary of FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Black_Planet)has become into a year and a half celebration of eights legs and five continents. All the while, looking at a HIP-HOP Planet across 25 countries while still somewhat supportive of American rap, the rest of the world has surpassed the U.S. in skill, in fundamentals and commitment to their communities. Public Enemy’s mission is to set the path, pave the road for cats to do their thing for a long time as long as they do it right.
Because of the lack of support from local radio, television and community in the United States, the ability for “local” acts to thrive in their own radius has killed the ability to connect and grow into a proper development as a performer, entertainer and artist. Rappers trying to get put on to a national contract hustle from a NEW YORKhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/editorial/archive/2011/01/03/22542191.aspx#) or LOS ANGELES corporation has caused the art-form to atrophy from the bottom, while never getting signed to a top echelon that really doesn’t exist, but to a very few.
HIP-HOP NEWS spreads like any other mainstream NEWS in America. The garbage that’s unfit to print has now floated on websites and blogs like sh*t. For example a rapper working in the community gets obscured while if that same rapper robbed a gas station he’d get top coverage and be label a “rapper” while getting his upcoming or current music somewhat put on blast, regardless of its quality which of course is subjective like any other art. RAP sites and blogs are mimicking the New York POST.
This is not mere complaint , this is truth and its coming down on Americans like rain without a raincoat with cats screaming how they ain’t wet. This is real. The other night upon finishing groundbreaking concert performances in Johannesburg we followed a special free concert in Soweto. To make a point that our agenda was to “show? and encourage the Hip-Hop community to be comfortable in its mind and skin without chasing valueless Amerikkkan values.

Never have so many been pimped by so few.
http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-side-brown.jpg (http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-side-brown.jpg)It does the people of the planet little good to hear that an an artist is famous and rich, will wear expensive jewelry straight from the mines, show it off, stay it the hotel, ride in limos, do the VIP with chilled champagne in the clubs, ape and monkey the chicks (meaning not even talking) and keep the dudes away with slave paid bodyguards when real people come close. The mimic of the VIACOM-sanctioned video has run tired, because it shows off, does NOT inspire and it says NOTHING.
Here in South Africa PUBLIC ENEMY has done crucial groundbreaking performances. Its the same level of smashing the house that we’ve done this year in Moscow, New York, Paris, London , Chicago and other places this year. This is not news We are not trying to prove any point other than to show that a classic work is timeless and doesn’t have a demographic per se. The Rolling Stones and U2 are NOT measured by mere tracks’ they are measured by the all-around event they present. The art of the performance has left Hip-Hop whereas somebody has led artists to do more performing off the stage than on it. The agenda here is to create artist exchange
This serves as a call to the infrastructure-less Hip-Hop game in Amerikkka. We know what your hustle is, but what is your work and job here? Faking it until making it runs its course in a recession, which is a depression for Black folks who increasingly are becoming more skill-less as they become jobless.

Never have so many been pimped by so few.
Since the music has so much power, and image has become everything to the point that it can dictate the direction of a person in their life, it is my mission now to really become a “freedom fighter” and stop this radiation. With Jay-Z and others who, for years would faint their worth, the statement of “with great power comes great responsibility,” is more true. Words are powerful and they can both start wars and bring peace. This cannot be taken lightly. Its important for the words to be body with the community. If not one dime of $250 million doesn’t benefit the people who contribute to it then why does that warrant coverage above the will and effort of many in the music who have done great things.

Never have so many been pimped by so few.
http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-brown.jpg (http://hiphopandpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chuck-D-brown.jpg)I turned 50 this year. Everyday I get the question whats up with Hip-Hop today. If nothing was wrong the question wouldn’t be the dominating question I get. I do massive interviews worldwide. I’m covered from varied aspects Hip-Hop, Public Enemy, social issues, musicology in general. So, my interactive world dialogue is deeper and more present than 140 characters.

Never have so many been pimped by so few.
I am tired of the silence of people that know better. There is nothing worse than a person that knows better and does worse. Or says nothing.
And makes excuses for bulls**t.
You know damn well HIP-HOP in the USA has fell way the f**k off as the American dollar and much of America itself. Held up and dictated by White business lawyers, accountants in New York, and Los Angeles offices.
To dictate to a community and not even live or be with the people is offensive. VIACOMs reach into Africa to turn HIP-HOP in to Amerfrica, which is as exploitative as those slave-makers who carried us across on boats. The decisions made in a boardroom in New York City while these cats scurry to their high rises, and suburban mansions from cultural profiteering must stop. And I’m going to do something about it.
Never have so many been pimped by so few.
My agenda of Hip-Hop around the world is in line with its creators, who followed Black Music. The music had the people’s back. It has never been my personal agenda. Americans arrogantly have no back. Hip-Hop has followed this. I am disturbed by the fact that I tell artists that doing work in their community will get them little or no buzz for their effort, but in the same sense if they robbed or shot someone or did a bid they would get national and sometimes international attention.
Never have so many been pimped by so few.
So many of your favorite people suck up to the NBA and NFL, because it has order and when you make the game look bad David Stern or Robert Goddell is kicking their asses out . They are the indisputable HWIC, and negroes are in line and silenced. But here in Hip-Hop the dysfunctionality reward makes the money that puts food on many tables.
Its time, because I hear too many excuses. I wont allow what’s in the USA f**k up what I and others worked hard to instill. I drive a ’94 Montero, a ’97 Acura, and have no expensive jewelry. There is nothing on this planet materially that is better than myself. This is what I instill in many doing Hip-Hop that nothing is greater than what is given. These games of people doing anything to get things has seeped into my way so therefore witness some radical virtual things coming from me in protecting the art-form of Hip-Hop.

Never have so many been pimped by so few.
So, I’m going after the few.
I’m tired of it.
Chuck D from CaPEtown, South Africa.

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Chuck D is an emcee, author, producer and civic leader, among other things. He also happens to front a legendary, revolutionary rap group called Public Enemy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Enemy_%28band%29). Public Enemy is renown for their politically charged lyrics, frenetic production style and penchant for shaking up the power structure.

Undiluted Karma
01-10-2011, 08:03 AM
haha Chuck D tell em'

EAGLE EYE
01-10-2011, 03:17 PM
He kind of sounds like U-God or Prodigy when speaking on not wearing ridiculous jewelery and driving modest Acuras.

angry!
01-10-2011, 05:05 PM
chuck d needs to shut the fuck up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

huge public enemy fan...

but get real...

chuck d... is one of the biggest SELL OUTS the game has ever seen... bar none...

FIGHT THE POWER!?!?!?!!?!?!

CHUCK stopped fighting when the check got cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the reaosn flav was cooning it up on television?!!?!?!?!?

CHUCK D's connects... in TV land... that was CHUCK, greasing wheels, getting his crack head buddy... ANOTHER fix!!!!!!!!!!!!!

some niggas say cube sold out...

and its true to a point...

but at least CUBE is a black exec... green lighting black movies in white hollywood...

chuck d is the nigga telling stories about when he went on strike...

as the company he went on strike against...

keeps his lights on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

soon as CHUCK started seeing greys...

he said fuck it...

and signed the dotted line...

nigga sold out YEARS ago...

askin fans to fund the next record...

like a cot damn JOKE...

chuck d actually disgusts me... one of my favorite emcees ever, but i call it how it is!!!!!!!!!!

EAGLE EYE
01-10-2011, 05:29 PM
yea i heard something about that fan-funded record a little while back. it failed miserably.

that's a little obnoxious to make that kind of request during some of the worst economical times the country has seen within the last 100 years.

EAGLE EYE
01-10-2011, 05:33 PM
he made some good points about cultural profiteering, but you've got two choices:

*sit around and whine like a bitch

*or build up your own enterprise and take control of your financial future, while simultaneously reclaiming your culture if it means that much.

-The A to the Z-
01-10-2011, 05:39 PM
How exactly did Chuck sell out, I'm intrigued?

I hold him as one of the few rappers who stayed true to his message; dude never stopped releasing music or speaking on the music and culture with passion.

He's called out Flav for the reality shows, and collaborating on an album with Paris - he's still aligned with the right spectrum of artist.

angry!
01-10-2011, 06:05 PM
^^ How exactly did Chuck sell out?

I hold him as one of the few rappers who stayed true to his message; dude never stopped releasing music or speaking on the music and culture with passion.

He's called out Flav for the reality shows, and collaborating on an album with Paris - he's still aligned with the right spectrum of artist.

paris...

ANOTHER sell-out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PARIS albums... are audio books...

that were brought to you by entertainment... FOR entertainment!!!!!!!!!!!!

buck the system...

ultimately means... NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

when you look at the starting point... till now!!!!!!!!!!!!

because PARIS was ALWAYS doin it for entertainment, and chuck d flipped the sscript as soon as he saw the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PARIS has some of the dopest content ever, so advanced, so ahead of its time... but thats what it was... entertainment!!!!!!!!!

CHUCK D only criticizes flav to save face...

dont get it fucked up...

CHUCK D is the brains...

behind FLAV lunching fried chicken, chasing middle aged white women around.... on VH1!!!!!!!

CHUCK D made that happen... through the same connections he once rebelled against!!!!!!!!!!

so hell greenlight... and OK flava flav, crackhead, chicken eating, monkey routine... on TV...

yet SUE preem, and the wallace estate, over his voice being sampled in the 10 crack commandments...

then he goes and hides behind the "i dont want my name associated with drugs" bullshit....

when hes the one that brought CRACKHEAD, flava flav, into the american pop entertainment lexicon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

one of the biggest hypocrites out there...

borderline jesse jackson/al sharpton status...

its a PROBLEM, till you cut the check...

then hell shut the fuck up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was a shakedown, id have more respect for chuck if he admitted that...

somehow preem has forgiven him, but id always feel a certain way about that!!!!!!!!!!!!

like i said, one of my favorite emcees ever, groundbreaker...

but hes the preacher telling you how to live your life, as he stuffs money into his suit... outback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

as cube started seeing more and more cash...

his shit got more gangsta...

he crossed the bridge, and knew it...

chcuk crossed the bridge... but fronts like he never did...

so while niggas call cube a sell out...

hes in white hollywood, getting niggas work in movies... strong arming execs, greenlighting black films...

somehwere after that 3rd album... i knew chuck was full of shit, and riding the shit all the way to the bank...

he played the game... better than just about anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taskmaster2112
01-10-2011, 06:28 PM
angry!, where'd you hear that Chuck D used personal connections to get Flavor Flav his VH1 shows? that's a claim i have a hard time believing unless there's a source to back it up.

angry!
01-10-2011, 06:38 PM
believe it homie...

chuck d has a history with Vh1..

i know yall probably think professor griff is a loon...

but hes no non-sense, and is quick on the draw...

he doesnt think twice...

about throwing chucks body under the bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chuck d once rallied against the media....

but in reality...

chuck d is the media!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chuck d telling yall to stop drinking poison, as he fills up another glass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5hundred&one
01-10-2011, 06:50 PM
somebody has got to explain to me why hiphop is different from any other style of music that fell off after it became commercialized from 20 years of gettin fucked by the music industry. it's the same old story, ppl should let the shit go.

it ain't like it's a bad thing. if it was all about bein real and makin good hiphop music, then it can only be a good thing that the radio has dropped hiphop for the pseudo new wave/techno shit that's gettin played these days. if ppl cant get rich off hiphop then it takes away the need to sell out and cater to 15 year old girls.

no amount of writin blogs on the internet will stop the industry from doin what it does. the new generation ain't hiphop at all, you can't get many 14 year-olds to sit thru the music we grew up on and it's always been that way.

blame the industry all you want, but the fact is the biggest target audience (teenagers) like all the shit that's gettin played, most of em don't give a fuck about shit like street cred or the struggle, if it's got a catchy hook or synth line then the raps don't mean shit.

I think most ppl realize that hiphop had it's day in the sun. in the 90s it was like a recipe with real specific ingredients or somethin and can't nobody get their hands on those ingredients like they used to, so they just bake the cake the best way they can. sometimes it's good, but it won't ever be like it was.

good luck to Chuck D in takin down viacom and gettin the masses to appreciate hiphop again though. it makes a good plot for a movie if nothin else.

Durag
01-11-2011, 02:28 AM
Honestly Angry, your going a bit far with this one. Chuck always acknowledged Flav had a drug problem.

Chuck D IS the media? Wtf does that mean? The only media Chuck is involved in is his own radio show. Public Enemy were hot 20 years ago. Apart from Chucks college lectures, his radio show and their concerts they keep a relatively low profile coz their just not popular anymore, so why the fuck would Chuck D have anything to do with mainstream media in America apart from criticizing it?

And where the fuck did you get the idea that it was Chuck that got Flav on reality TV? Thats bullshit man, theres no evidence to back up your claims, and if there is, post it.

Chuck is one of the few who HASNT sold out, still releasing music (that can be dope as fuck at times), doing concerts, radio shows etc.

Taskmaster2112
01-11-2011, 06:41 AM
Honestly Angry, your going a bit far with this one. Chuck always acknowledged Flav had a drug problem.

Chuck D IS the media? Wtf does that mean? The only media Chuck is involved in is his own radio show. Public Enemy were hot 20 years ago. Apart from Chucks college lectures, his radio show and their concerts they keep a relatively low profile coz their just not popular anymore, so why the fuck would Chuck D have anything to do with mainstream media in America apart from criticizing it?

And where the fuck did you get the idea that it was Chuck that got Flav on reality TV? Thats bullshit man, theres no evidence to back up your claims, and if there is, post it.

Chuck is one of the few who HASNT sold out, still releasing music (that can be dope as fuck at times), doing concerts, radio shows etc.

i gotta agree with this. angry!, i asked you to give me a source to back up your claim that Chuck D used media connections to get Flavor Flav his tv shows, and instead of telling me where you got that idea from, you just told me i should believe it. i don't make a habit of believing outlandish claims unless there's some evidence to back them up, so i'm going to keep respecting Chuck D unless you can present some evidence that says i should do otherwise.

LORD NOSE
01-11-2011, 08:08 AM
i'll respect him even more if it comes out that he got Flav on that show - don't try to understand why - yall never will


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BIG D O
01-12-2011, 12:44 PM
Chuck stay kickin the truth....

had to re-blog....

CharlesJones
01-21-2011, 04:12 PM
Angry, you're crazy for dissing Chuck D and Paris. Those dudes aren't sellouts and they never have been. Chuck D and Paris have always kept it real and never soldout to go mainstream. They always talk and rap about politics and racist whites. They also talk and rap about ignorant blacks. Plus they're always in the black community helping blacks better themselves and they always speak at forums that talk about rap music and politics. How many rappers can you say have done that? Not too many. Chuck D and Paris always will get respect from me.