Chuck D Chat Sessions
Chuck D chat on Yahoo! Internet Life in 1999
Ladies and gentlemen, will you join me please in welcoming Chuck D!
Yahoo! Internet Life: He's here with us on a very special pre-show chat!
Chuck D is on the stage.
on the Video button to see Chuck D on webcam!
*Kira SnyderZDTV: Welcome, Chuck :)
Tell us a bit about how you came to Atomic Pop
Chuck D: I worked with Al Teller significantly in the past
Chuck D: like with Def Jam and MCA
Chuck D: and after I broke my contract with Def Jam he was one of the
first conversations. It became one of the last conversations once we discussed
says: "Yeah!! Chuck D!!!"
Talk about Mp3 and how that is or isn't returning power to the artists.
Chuck D: Well MP3 is just the most buzz-word catchable format of
Chuck D: the whole beauty in it is before artists had to rely on either
major companies or independents
Chuck D: to get the art from the artist to the public
Chuck D: and now this is the third process
Chuck D: and the public had gotten to it before the industry
Chuck D: and that's the big deal
Internet Life: On
Muse-Sick-In-Hour-Mess-Age in 1994, didn't you predict the effect the Net was
going to have on music?
Chuck D: Harry Allen and I had conversations based on a 1993 Musician
are your favorite artists of all times?!"
Chuck D: in no particular order...
Chuck D: james brown
Chuck D: isaac hayes
Chuck D: tina turner
Chuck D: I got so many
Chuck D: the artist is getting down with maceo parker tonight, so lets
how is your relationship with Flav? And when will we see you two in action"
Chuck D: you'll see us in action tonight
says: "Do you
release songs as downloadable music? And have the record labels tried to stop
you from doing so?"
Chuck D: Def Jam wasn't smart enough to stop us, it was Polygram
lawyers... it was a big legal issue
will MP3 and similar formats affect a shift of power in the muzic biz?"
Chuck D: it will force the majors and the independents to share the
Chuck D: I forsee 5000 labels and a million artist in a few years
Chuck D: no longer will people have to depend on the old process to be
the only process
Internet Life: Why
do think hip-hop has been at the forefront of dealing with the Net?
Chuck D: Because it's always run parallel with technology, it's the thing
that got me interested, turntables, microphones
Chuck D: speakers, all the way to samplers and drum machines,
Chuck D: it's always run parallel with technology, but it's probably the
least serviced music out there
Chuck D: if you have to get a video on television you're last considered
Chuck D: or radio
Chuck D: so you have to have your own format
Internet Life: Is
the Net starting grassroots hiphop all over again?
Chuck D: even more so, it's consolidating hiphop movers around the world
Internet Life: Is
the Net helping hiphop worldwide?
Chuck D: it's the modern day jazz with a vocal supercharger to it
you release old P E songs on the net?"
Chuck D: I have about 17 pubilc enemy albums on hold
Chuck D: come to www.publicenemy.com to find out more<
Whatever happened to a song that was rumored to be in the works about the anti-boombox
Chuck D: no it was done, it was called "Get The F*** Out Of
says: Who is True
Chuck D: he was a brother who was around us who rhymed, and he's still
around from time to time, he also had an alter ego called Sgt. Hawks
got you hooked up with a web page"
Chuck D: Our production team thought it was necessary, G-Wiz and myself
says: "Is P E
going to do more work with Spike Lee?"
Chuck D: whenever we do, we don't know when, but those doors are always
Tell us about your new band, Confrontation Camp...
Chuck D: rapping, singing poetry, aggressive vocals
Chuck D: over funk-metal
Chuck D: it's between Rage Against the Machine and The Roots
Internet Life: Who
else is in it?
Chuck D: Kyle Jason and Griff are the focus of that group
says: "Do you
still keep in touch with those guys from Anthrax?"
Chuck D: yeah, from time to time, whenever we hook up
Chuck D: with everyone ideally, we always pick up where we left off from
says: "is P E
planning on working with The Artist?"
Chuck D: yeah, all he has to do is call
says: "Do you
ever think you'll be like BB King and rap at 70?"
Chuck D: yeah, but I hope not to look 70
you going to be in any movies in the future?"
Chuck D: only if they give me the scoring job Chuck D: I'll throw
States Marine Corps Rules!!!!!!!!"
Chuck D: obviously, right? of course they rule, we're trying to cut some
of that rule back
Internet Life: PE
has been a pioneering act in rap videos. Tell us about the videos for the new
Chuck D: I think we were a pioneering act in the videos, but they all
average around $300,000
Chuck D: so as far as videos go, we've created less of them in the last
Internet Life: Do
you have a favorite PE song?
Chuck D: Terrordome
Chuck D: Terrordome is like a midpoint for me
Chuck D: Don't' ask me my favorite album, because albums are like
what is your social commentary for America 2 triple 0?"
Chuck D: pick up a lot of water
Chuck D: Sam's Club
Chuck D: don't be anywhere international or in the air
Chuck D: for the first three weeks of january
Chuck D: if you can afford it, pick up a generator
do you feel about the mix between rock and rap that's become popular
Chuck D: well rap is rapping over music, and the music has already been
Chuck D: and hiphop is the embodiment of all other genres, blended in a
way that the culture can easily fit it
Internet Life: Do
you think there are artists slow to come to this medium?
Chuck D: most artists are slow because they are puppets, marionetted by
an industry that really doesn't give a f*** about them
Internet Life: Do
you think that revolutionary thinking has receded in the good economy?
Chuck D: well the economy is good for some, but if you don't understand
the environment around you, you can't make the economy work for you specifically
Chuck D: so as far as my neighborhood is concerned, it's debatable
everybody get to cut an MP3 album, how are you going to find the best
Chuck D: We have more than a million athletes out there, and we end up
finding the best athletes
Chuck D: A&R structures will have to be better organized, people will
have to cut down on their weed time to do better research
Chuck D: they'll have to cut down on getting blasted all the time
Chuck D: we can't have the A&R people getting blasted like the
Chuck D: if the presidents are blasted, then it's all going to be a mess
Will PE stay with Atomic Pop for future records? Are you exploring other methods
Chuck D: I think Atomic Pop and Al Teller is a wonderful place to be for
Chuck D: we have the Bring The Noise radio networks through atomic pop
Chuck D: and other methods of distribution will be in different, maybe
Chuck D: but other than Public Enemy and Atomic Pop, Chuck D and Al
Chuck D: Teller set out to do something that was a blend between music
and technology, and I think it's a good one
says: "Do you
have any opinions on Mumia Abu Jamal?"
Chuck D: I think his case needs to be a national issue
Chuck D: it needs to be tried upon the plateau of fairness
Chuck D: if not, it's definitely a political prisoner discussion
Chuck D: and the United States fails to realize that it has political
Chuck D is generously extending his chat. We'll get five more minutes with
"hey chuck d, do u like mint condition?"
Chuck D: my wife loves mint condition, I'll leave it at that
Chuck D: I tune myself out of modern day R&B
Chuck D: I listen to stax and motown from the 60s and 70s
"chuck d, what are your thought on Eminiem?"
Chuck D: very talented, but as a professional still a rookie, he has to
go through the rites of passage, and he's doing that right now
about Brittany Spears?"
Chuck D: are they real?
Chuck D: and why get 'em at 17?
"Chuck, I like your social consciousness. Will PE provide fans with an
anthem for the new millenium?"
Chuck D: how 'bout "Do You Wanna To Go Our Way???"
Chuck D: in stores tomorrow
don't you listen to modern day r and b"
Chuck D: same old s**t over and over again, it's the same story over and
over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and
over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and
over and over and over
Chuck D: but I like the way Deborah Cox looks in that video
says: "How Do
you feel About being a Star?"
Chuck D: I am the anti-star I am the antithesis of their whole f---ing
Chuck D: I am the opposite and reverse of jiggy
Chuck D: I will fix your car, and probably drive away with it
Talk a bit about Swindler's Lust, and what it means with regard to your opinion
of the majors...
Chuck D: well I was inspired by Spielberg's movie, and I felt that I
could relate the story in a metaphorical way to how I and
Chuck D: other artists have been f---ing ripped to shreds
Chuck D: I'm not talking about any one group or person in particular, I'm
talking about everybody, because I personally have been ripped to shreds
Chuck D: these lawyers are running the game in a way you wouldn't believe
Chuck D: I'm going to rage against the machine
10.14.99 Chuck D Chat on Yahoo
CHUCK D: What's
up, right now I'm communicating from a cab going to the House of Blues. Sorry
the cab was late!
QUESTION: I was a big fan of "Mistachuck" - Will you continue to do
solo albums while still working with PE?
CHUCK D: It depends. If I find a different music genre to tap into. Right
now Mistachuck is a member of Confrontation Camp.
QUESTION: Hey Mistachuck! It's Dean Engmann. I responded to your email when
you get to it...Anyway, here's my question. What are you going to call the next
decade? The 90's were the Terrordome...how about a sneak peak into what the
2000-2009 decade will be called?
CHUCK D: What's up Dean? I've named the next decade the O Dec. The Decade
of Zero. Why not me giving it a start?
QUESTION: Chuck - what is your ultimate goal for the website and for the
future of hip hop? What would you like to see happen as far as major labels?
Finally, do you need a writer for your site?
CHUCK D: Rap Station.com is the ESPN of Hip Hop. We hope to expose the
music more than it's ever been before. All of it. Not just some of it.
QUESTION: Mr. D, which is your favorite album and why?
CHUCK D: I don't pick favorite albums, albums are like children, know
what I'm sayin? You don't pick a favorite child.
QUESTION: Mistachuck what has become of the bomb squad and your relationship
with Ice Cube?
CHUCK D: Bomb Squad is handling different duties across the terrain. Ice
Cube is my man. I'm doin' like three things at once here!
QUESTION: Is your group involved in any charities?
CHUCK D: Yeah, pretty much a bunch of different things across the board.
Usually when we're requested to help out.
QUESTION: What was the biggest struggle, if you don't mind, in your career to
CHUCK D: Biggest struggle? Just trying to keep everybody on the same page
at all times.
QUESTION: Chuck D who is your favorite college football team?
CHUCK D: I don't have a favorite college football team. I can't stand
college football. I like pro football.
QUESTION: How did you get interested in the internet?
CHUCK D: Harry Allen, my partner, introduced me to the internet in 91 in
trying to do an interview for Terminator X.
QUESTION: Who was your greatest influence?
CHUCK D: My parents. As far as somebody outside of that, I think people
like JimBrown and Minister Farrakan. Great examples.
QUESTION: The latest album is really awesome! What spiced it up?
CHUCK D: I think it had a focus and direction of trying to do something
different. We didn't necessarily want to be better; we wanted to be distinct.
QUESTION: Do you have any plans to work with rage against the machine in the
CHUCK D: Yes. I think Confrontation Camp would like to work with Rage.
It's a no brainer. If I work with anybody next on a substantial level it's going
to be Rage Against the Machine.
QUESTION: Chuck D...what made you go solo?
CHUCK D: I put PE on hiatus for a second. I just wanted to put something
new out there.
QUESTION: What's your opinion on the Mumia case?
CHUCK D: I think it's unclear the situation, because when somebody is
shot dead and somebody is actually bleeding from the shot, it's inconclusive
what the deal is. It's blurry. And if it's a blurry case than that case needs to
be looked at a lot closer than it has.
QUESTION: Your 18 reasons why 2Pac faked his death are infamous, do you
believe he is alive or are you just stating that it is possible?
CHUCK D: I said those statements about a week after he supposedly died.
So to actually hold these statements till today is ridiculous. By October I knew
he was outa here.
QUESTION: Do you have any advice for young rappers such as myself on how to
make it in the industry?
CHUCK D: Yup. Start your own label. Do your own thing on the internet.
Hit us up at www.rapstation.com.
QUESTION: What's up Chuck D, how do you feel about being sampled for dance
CHUCK D: I don't have a problem with that. Unless it's something totally
derogatory. And dealing with the elements of drugs or death.
QUESTION: Do you feel that you make the greater impact as an artist or as a
CHUCK D: Artist.
QUESTION: Chuck D, what do you like to do on your spare time when you are not
making albums or on tour?
CHUCK D: Travel.
QUESTION: How has the internet changed the music industry?
CHUCK D: By diminishing the role of the middle men. That's radio, video,
retail, and record company power. Traditional radio, video, etc.
QUESTION: Chuck, when is your next book going to be finished/available?
CHUCK D: My book will be finished the first thing of January 2000 and may
be available that summer. Called Countdown to Armageddon.
QUESTION: Where's Terminator X?
CHUCK D: TerminatorX is on sabbatical in North Carolina tending to
personal business. Hopefully he'll be back next year.
QUESTION: What do you think of the latin influence on the music industry?
CHUCK D: Considering we're on this side of the world which is half
Spanish speaking, I think it's inevitable that that large market be communicated
to and also show its talent.
QUESTION: Dr Chuck, How far is your organization venturing into producing
CHUCK D: I guess we've totally lay down the ground in the rap field.
We're making inroads.
QUESTION: Do you prefer the old school rap or today's commercial variety?
CHUCK D: Hopefully by middle 2000 we'll have a couple of things out. To
me, rap is rap, I like it all. WE need to hear all of its diversity instead of
one type of it.
QUESTION: Chuck, are you going to release a live album from one of the POISON
tour dates? Perhaps Pittsburgh maybe? I had to ask...
CHUCK D: It's a possibility. We have plans to release a few live albums.
A PE archive series that we will release across the internet first. Possibly
thru Atomic Pop, 7 to 10 albums. In the next couple of years.
QUESTION: How, after all these years, are you able to rock a concert like you
CHUCK D: Pretty much studying other genres, seeing how they, Eric Clapton,
The Rolling Stones, BB Kings, James Brown, Isley Brothers, they all rock. And we
have a lot to learn from them in hip hop. I try to borrow from the masters.
QUESTION: Who is your favorite female artist?
CHUCK D: Tina Turner, Gladys Knight tied. Rap wise. Of course I have to
go all time with people like Lyte and Latifah and Salt N Pepa. But the new
chicks got something going on. Mishie Mie from Canada is a favorite. She's going
to be coming out on Atomic Pop soon. D,Thuzion out of Detroit. She's wicked. And
I think those two right there could woop anybody out there. And as far as to
look at - Deborah Cox.
QUESTION: What do you think of white rappers in the game now? Some like
Eminem can hold there ground?
CHUCK D: Well I think White Rappers have a lot to draw from. Like
Everlast and Kid Rock which don't stereotype them into one train of hip hop
thought. Hey it's 20 years of recording hip hop, it shouldn't matter what you
QUESTION: How do u feel about the policing of the entertainment industry?
CHUCK D: My whole thing is we need balance, you know what I'm saying? And
policing should come from within.
QUESTION: What do you think about some states trying to require
parental-warning labels on tickets and advertising for some concerts?
CHUCK D: Well some things, to me, tha adults enjoy shouldn't be available
to somebody under 18. Kids only have 18 years to be a child. After 18 years it's
on. So keeping them away from some things they might not be able to handle is
not a bad thing.
QUESTION: How was it like working with puff daddy? And dont you feel that he
is commercializing rap big time?
CHUCK D: Yeah, that's his thing, commercialized rap, that's one thing out
of 8. I had a good time at his video shoot. I think he's a class guy personally.
QUESTION: What do you think the biggiset problem is that rappers face these
CHUCK D: Not knowing the basics of music history. And not knowing the
keys to caretaking of the genre.
QUESTION: Do you believe race realtions in rap are improving?
CHUCK D: Yes and no. Yes as far as the artist to artist standpoint and
producers are concerned. But no, when it comes down to o white guys in suits
sitting around the table determining what's going to be the bottom line for
their black music department.
QUESTION: How do you feel about the changes rap went through since it started
way back then?
CHUCK D: Everything has a evolution process.
QUESTION: Chuck, I heard you opened for Rage Against The Machine recently.
How do your political views agree with theirs? any touring plans with them in
CHUCK D: Possibly we'll see. Either PE or Confrontation Camp opening up
for Rage is a similar parallel opinionated venture.
QUESTION: Chuck are you going to release a home video from the Poison Tour?
CHUCK D: Yes, I want to release quite a few like the Africa Trip and some
others. With so many interesting things happening by the day I'm even coming up
with more and more stuff. I think everybody should see it instead of it just
being stuck on ourselves.
QUESTION: Do you have any comments on the B.I.G's death?
CHUCK D: Yes. It was unnecessary. One of hip hops lowest points. I think
it happened when you have companies that allow rehetoric to be kicked across the
airwaves with no accountability until one thing leads to another.
QUESTION: Do you feel like you are given enough respect considering your
duration in the industry or are you considered "played out"?
CHUCK D: By my peers yes. Quite often the media, and what I mean
specifically is maybe new cats that want to come in as writers after 3 or 4
years from college, they might overlook some things I'm trying to do. Because
it's a big terrain to cover.
QUESTION: Chuck what's your take on sampling vs. original music?
CHUCK D: Both have advantages and disadvantages. Both have right and
wrong ways to do it. The techniques are as different as oranges and apples but
they're still fruit.
QUESTION: Are you anti-capitalist?
CHUCK D: I think there could be a combination of all these defined social
structures, like socialism and capitalism. Whatever works best as long as poorer
people don't remain poor.
QUESTION: Do you feel that with your album hitting the internet first that
the internet has a huge effect on todays people?
CHUCK D: Well the people that are already converted yes. To people on the
outside fringes, OK. And to people who didn't have a clue, it maybe brought us a
little closer to them.
QUESTION: Everyone calls you Chuck D, but I don't think many of us know your
last name, what is it?
CHUCK D: If somebody is smart enough, they can find out!
QUESTION: Do you ever think you will do a song with a metal group again?
CHUCK D: Oh, yeah, of course, don't you consider Rage Against the Machine
QUESTION: What's up with u and The Artist
CHUCK D: I follow his leads, he and David Bowie as far as the internet
and cyberspace musically. I recorded a cut called Undisputed for his upcoming
QUESTION: Do you have any comments on the recent demise of the great Wilt
CHUCK D: Wilt was one of my heroes. So I was definitely shocked. But we
all either live to live or live to die.
QUESTION: Would you ever consider doing an album with Eminiem?
CHUCK D: I could never say never as far as what I would do musically.
QUESTION: Do you feel as a rapper you revieve full respect from all of the
media, including the ones who are against your lyrical talent?
CHUCK D: It's mind over matter, you know? I don't mind and they don't
QUESTION: Chuck... What do u feel about the organization "Nuwaubian
Nation of Moors"?
CHUCK D: I knew Imam Isa as Dr. York and anytime somebody wants to help
the people get out of the condition that we're in as black people they have to
be commended. And I respect them for that.
QUESTION: Have you ever thought about going solo?
CHUCK D: No. If I do anything, I believe in solo projects, but I could
never detach myself from Public Enemy because it is me. To detach myself from PE
is like taking an arm off, I'm not going to do that. What I tried to prove with
my solo project is that you can still be in the group - I still worked with the
same people. And I can inlist new people to come on and add to the fabric of
what we originally created. So no. I will never have a case of David Lee Roth
come upon me!
CHUCK D: I'd like to say Peace and thanks to everybody and maybe catch me
Get messages to me 24 hours a day around the world. Also catch the ESPN of rap
music and hiphop, www.rapstation.com.
It's the ultimatel hip hop network. And you can catch me doing a radio show of
unsigned independent artists on www.bringthenoise.com.
Thursday nights, 9PM ET. On suitcase radio/when the shit hits the fan. If you
don't catch me live, catch the two week archive. I'm out!
HOB: Don't forget to come to hob.com for a live Pay-Per-View Cybercast of
Public Enemy on Tuesday Oct 19 7:30 pm
Yahoo! MC: Thanks for joining us, everyone! Good night!
Chuck D / Professor Griff Chat on NME
[16:53:31] nme.com - Sorry about the delay, but Chuck and Griff are about
15 minutes away in traffic. In the meantime, here's a nice view down the Thames
to Canary Wharf and the Dome...
- Public Enemy are here with us now.
[17:15:24] nobadattitude - Don't you think that you are partailly
responsible for alot of the gang related violence in the US because of your
violent attitude violent lyrics your attempts to be threatening and the general
feeling of menace you portray, un educated American youth respond wrongly to you
and this makes the US the complete violent land that you live in are you
Public Enemy (Griff) Do you brush your teeth with Crest?
- Will you playing the classics at the Forum show?
Public Enemy chuck;yes we will there s no show without classicsics
F - Which of your albums are you the most proud of?
Public Enemy chuck ;
albums are like children,all of them are special....muse sick is memorable
F - What's your favourite film?
Public Enemy chuck;dead presidents...hughes bros
- What is your view on the shooting of Tim Westwood? Are you aware of the
violence that surrounds the UK hip hop scene? Why are there still no UK hip hop
acts that can cut it against our US counterparts?
Public Enemy (Griff) Ye we are aware of trhe shooting of Tim
westwood aznd we've been aware for a log time of thye violence thyat surroat
surronds the hip hop scene. Thsathat's why we make the sort of music we make -
to counteract some of that violence.
- What do you think of Marilyn Manson?
Public Enemy chuck;nothing.......
- what sort of music that have emerged in the last couple of years do you
Public Enemy chuck;idig the inst. attacks ...chems,prod.tricky......etc.....
- Can you unequivocally deny allegations of anti-semitism (notably Professor
Griff)? Many Jewish people explicitly support your ideas - and feel let down by
the implied continuing accusations....Thanks
Public Enemy I think we can unequivocably DENY...what. But what is an
allegation? Ask me, I'm her is the flesh.
[17:22:31] Fex - How long do you think the major labels will survive??
Public Enemy chuck;for a
while but theyll have to adapt....
Animal - Who do you think is the most influential artsist in the US at the
Public Enemy The Artist
- Will you playing the classics at the Forum show?
Public Enemy Yes.
Boy - What gave you the inspiration to carry on making records?
Public Enemy People like
- What do you make of Puff Daddy's cover of PE 2000?
Public Enemy chuck;any cover
is flattering...shit weve been covered byduran duran....duran
M. - where's your future lie? are you in to nu-skool sounds and beats, or
sticking with the trusted and tried?
Public Enemy Yes but the
artists must perfect their craft and talk about more than 4 subjects
Animal - Where's Flava?
Public Enemy he don't know
- Do you think that James Brown should still be touring at his age, or has he
become a bit of a joke???
Public Enemy james Brown's a
legend. You don't say the same shit about Mick Jagger!
- Chuck - you dont look very hard !!!!
Public Enemy chuck;..you
cant see my BRAIN CAN YOU?????
- What do you think of the violence at Woodstock this year?
Public Enemy chuck;it was
due to exploitation by promoters.....high prices for water.......peeps couldnt
bring in their own food...
- Dear Chuck and Griff, I've been following you since the start of P.E. and
found your media arts an inspiration. I've never been too bothered about having
or getting a deal, been more into synthesis, beats and computers. Anyway, I'm
signed in a project, but i decided to investigate mp3 format and..... 10 hours
on a cd, and i can do it on my mac! All of a sudden, it seems much easier to
develop projects wherever you could put a computer and a microphone. I feel like
I'm stuck in the middle, but the control and political factors of this format
feels artist liberating, nearer to the spirit of music. You probably have an
idea of some of the emerging pathways clearer than the rest of us. What does
your label say about you releasing mp3's?
Public Enemy We are on a label that specialises in doing thyat...got to
the site www.atomicpop.com
- Chuck, can you tell us some more about the album you're going to do with
European rappers? What's the idea behind it and who will be on it?
Public Enemy chuck; more
opportunity with technology to show a worldwide hiphop unity....
chump - is it good that Mobb Deep resolutely refuse to cheer up? Is there
too much soulful easy-going happiness about?
Public Enemy What do you expect
when you make murder music?
- Have you ever had any mad stalker fans?
Public Enemy (Griff)President
[17:31:31] rentboy - Why is it that even after 10 years no one (including
yourselves)has managed to top "It Takes A Nation..."
Public Enemy chuck;we never
tried to top it .....you cant repeat that era......or the vibe....
- Is the art of sampling dead?
Public Enemy (Griff) Do you
have the knowlege of publishing?
- Chuck--Are you coming to DC's 9:30 Club for the Poison Tour???
Public Enemy chuck;regggggggggggg
whadddddup .. october for sure...
M. - Any thoughts on the British drum 'n' bass scene?
Public Enemy Look out for
-move the cam - Please can you move the camera !
Public Enemy chuck;aRE wE
tHAT iMPORTANT tO lOOK aT????
- Why do you think the majority of rapper today talk about nothing but self
Public Enemy (Griff) Because
if they were taught better, they would know better and they would do better!
P - This question is for Griff: Do you keep in contact with the mebers of
the Asiatic Disciples...If yes, will you record a new album with???
Public Enemy (Griff) One or two of them...but it would be very difficult
to cut an album with them.
- Is Confrontation Camp drum 'n' Bass then?
Public Enemy chuck;no,but it
has elements.....watch out how you term music...
- PE has toured the world many times, with great success. Why are so little US
rappers prepared to come over here and do a great show as it would undoubtedly
increase their reputation and, in the end, sales. It seems like many don't care
about their fans outside of their own neighbourhood.
Public Enemy They're not taught
to care about any other environment that their own.
- Besides PE and Ice T. are any another rappers (that you know of) gonna take a
stand and use the internet to its fullest?
Public Enemy chuck;more to
come.......a lotta underground acts....mountain bros.rascalz,,micranots....ound
Heron - You take inspiration from the Nation of Islam, what about the Black
Public Enemy (Griff) Watts
Prophets, Gil Scott Heron, Malcolm X, Mao Tse Tung,
- I heard The PE2000 Remix and it was tight! When is Confrontation Camp going
going to drop? Will it be internet only as well?
Public Enemy chuck;internet
- Are you being paid by snapple?
Public Enemy No we're just
thirsty as hell!
- PEACE CHUCK! just taking a few minutes away from the Enemy Board (www.pubicenemy.com)
to see what was going on here...
Public Enemy chuck;whaaadddap
FAM let these cats know....JANOL
Boy - You keep referring to other rappers as 'they'. You are so
well-respected by other rappers, but a lot of them don't even listen to you.
What hope do you have for the message if other rappers don't even listen to your
advice? Public Enemy No
one's sai in the whole hhistory of PE that rappers should take heed. It's people
in general that we're aiming at
- Does it get harder to stay angry as you get older?
Public Enemy CHUCK; YOU
BECOME MORE FOCUSED AND PRECISE AT SHIT....
- It's interesting that u mention Mao Tse Tung. It's probably just my poor
interpretation, but I've never noticed any socialism or communism in your
lyrics. Would u say there was?
Public Enemy A lot of things influence that we don't necessarily write
- WHAT WAS WORKING WITH PRINCE LIKE?????PEACE...G!
Public Enemy chuck;waddddup
g it was special ....i laced a verse....hit me up FAM e mail
[17:45:13] Tony - What did you think of "The Phantom Menance"?
It sound more like a PE title if you ask me
Public Enemy Nothing.
Boy - Are you disappointed not to be able to play the Notting Hill Carnival?
We're gonna miss you lot.
Public Enemy chuck; yes were
dissapointed but well be hanging....
- What do u think is your best song (I think it's party to your right to
Public Enemy Prophets Of Rage
- Forget mao se tung, what about Lenin!
Public Enemy OK
- WHAT DO U SAY 2 ALL THE CRITICS WHO QUESTION PUBLIC ENEMY'S RELEVANCY....
Public Enemy We're relevant
to those that are relevant!
- what's your favourite sly and the family stone track?
Public Enemy (Griff) I like
Dance To The Music.
Daddy G - What was the last piece of music you listened to (that you
Public Enemy rage Against The
- Chuck, is it true you live in Atlanta nowadays instead of Long Island? Why did
Public Enemy chuck; bettr
weather more for your $.....more black folk with control....LI IS Still the crib
too... is still the crib too....
- In Bring The Bring the noise u start with 'Bass, how low can u go', but,
unless it's my stereo, there doesn't seem to be much bass in the song. How come?
Public Enemy chuck;the bass
is my voice...
- Griff.....I love your poems!!! Have you ever considered publishing a book of
Public Enemy griff; working
on it right now ....and the word became flesh.....is the title....
- Which MC s do you rate the highest?
Public Enemy Rakim, Heather B,
Lincoln's Second assassin, the kid on the grassy knoll, and one other group we
admire the damn bitch project!
- Are you going to make "Poison" paraphenalia (t-shirts & posters,
etc) I see the posters in the background.
Public Enemy c''ill get a
stack, over here they got mad promo goods...
Daddy G - Woa! Major idea! How about you guys teaming up with Rage Against
the Machine!!! That would kick big ass!!!
Public Enemy Yes, we're going 2
do Prophets Of Rage together, hopefully...
- Has Flav ever met a crack pipe he didn't like?
Public Enemy chuck; im sure
that youve named yourself,eh?
- Do u think there's any significance in the fact that you're the greatest
hip-hop group ever and u hardly ever swear, unlike so many other rap
Public Enemy You have to speak
- Griff, are still practicing Martial Arts? Last I heard you were dipping and
dabbing in "Wing Chung"? Public Enemy True...and
- Griff: That's a dope title....... Chuck: What are your feeling towards these
"Rock" bands mixing Hip-Hop elements in their performance(i.e.,
breakdancing in videos, rapping, using samples as wella s having DJs in their
group)......groups like Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc., etc......
Public Enemy griff e-mail...progriff@bell south.net
lee booker - what did it mean to you for ice-t to publically stick up for
you whilst others were talking shit (1989)?
Public Enemy That's another artist recognised our plight...a lot
of artists stay on the sideline and say 'taht's them'...thanks to the Geto Boyz
too, and thanks too to Bitches With Problems
- Who originally designed the PE logo?
Public Enemy chuck;i did as a mistake...
- I could be wrong (and probably am), but I think I detected a bit of homophobia
on Muse Sick.... Am I wrong?
Public Enemy You're wrong
- Sup, P.E. IceBerg form the board checkin in. Is P.E. gonna hit the Midwest?
I'm thinkin St. Louis, but anywhere?
Public Enemy chuck;no doubt FAM....
- was NATO right to intervene in the Kosovo conflict?
Public Enemy NATO probably STARTED the KOSOVO CONFLICT
[18:01:04] email@example.com - is it true you used a felt sample
'primitive painters' in one of your songs?
Public Enemy (Griff) I've
never heard of it
- OK - honest answer - Duran Duran covering "911 is a joke" - good or
Public Enemy (Griff) Good
- Unfortunately, I can't be at your gigs next week. When will u next tour the UK
Public Enemy We're coming back with Confrontation Camp..
[18:03:03] Brownie Boy - What's Terminator X up to?
Public Enemy raising ostriches
- Chuck--Who do like in Saturday's Pig skin Classic. Arizona or Penn State???
I'm a Penn State grad and I know how you feel about Arizona.
Public Enemy CHUCK; STRANGELY enuff reg i dont follow college football
...pro onlycccollege football
- What happened to the Bomb Squad? I believe Hank Shocklee is an exec at MCA
these days. Do you keep in touch? Would a reunion be a good idea?
Public Enemy See answer on page 348
- is it true u are harry belafonte's no. 1 fans?
Public Enemy chuck; no ..harry allen's no 1 fans
- R U GOING TO GIVE US SOPHISTICATED B***H IN CONCERT????PLEASE....PEACE...G!
Public Enemy Yes, if you request it in person.
- you know ... it would be awesome if you let the Prodigy do an EP of PE remixes
... like on Dirtchamber sessions with PE Number one
Public Enemy chuck.....an idea...
[18:06:25] Dereck - True or false...is "Tom E. Hawk" really
Public Enemy chuck; false an true.....
[18:06:36] J.A.N.O.L - As far as the name Public Enemy(which is the best
there is) was there any other name that came to mind for the title of the
Public Enemy No...Damn! That's
what I ended up calling it...
- WHO WILL BE THE OPENING ACT IN THE STATES ON THE 40TH TOUR??PEACE...G!
Public Enemy chuck;hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lets see.....
- Chuck--Did you see the 20,000th Sports Center show last year??? They did the
highlight reel using Welcome to the TerrorDome in the background. All the
highlights matched the lyrics. I'm sending Dean the tape so he can put it on his
Public Enemy chuck;we gotta
incorporate dean into the realm as well as you and others, reg,,
pe - yo im out to my next encounter out here in LONDON town .....peace out
to all my fams at www.publicenemy.com.....the best peeps reppin on the
web.......to the board fam,aint this proof that theres nothing ever like
this,here i am across the water and we all are corresponding,...shit thats why
the music biz is scared,...THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS.......MYSELF,GRIFF
D Chat on AOL
Chuck D! Thank you so much for joining us for this AOL chat. It is very
nice to have you with us.
Hi folks, welcome to our live chat with Chuck D of Public Enemy. Let's
Here's our first audience question: Will u ever do a tour with anthrax
or something like that ever again? That was a really cool concert.
Peace Everyone. I'm Chuck D from Public Enemy. Thanks for having me. Right
now it is yet to be determined. The sky is the limit.
Did you ever think you would become a rapper?
No, because when I was in High School, there was no such thing a Rap.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PROFESSOR GRIFF COMMENTS A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT JUDAISM?
It was Nine years ago in fact. I think we all learned more about each other.
I think he learned allot about it then and vice versa.
Did you have a hard life growing up?
No. I was lucky.
Do you for-see a tour at all or a reunion tour of the old public enemy?
Before I answer that I want to add that to me a hard life is one that is
that of the people in 3rd world countries. There may be a reunion in the
near future. It depends on many things.
Chuck~do you think people will ever be able to work out their differences
without violence and threats? Isn't there some way to get to know each
other without killing each other?
Of course we just have to get started. The next century holds the promise.
What other artists have you become really close to during your career so
Ice T, Ice Q, KRS1. Collective guys like Kam. Rampage, Plus many others.
What do you do in your spare time to increase your knowledge, intelligence
and understanding of the world around you?
The Internet is nice. Basically I keep my eyes open and my mouth shut.
Chuck, why don't most rap stars go on the high school circuit, I live in
Alabama and these kids are buying all of the music, but they need motivation
from the rap stars, come to the south and give some motivational speeches.
I live in the South and always give motivational speeches. In fact I am
presently trying to put together an organization that gives motivational
How would you rate your "He Got Game" album compared to your other hot
albums, where were you put it?
I would give it an 8. Given the short amount of time we had to make it.
What did you think of tricky's cover of "Black Steel"?
I thought it was cool. Trip hop on drum and base pushed the level of hip
Okay, so Chuck, when is the new full length album coming?
Possibly October. It is one of 3 albums this year. A catalogue album is
due in August. "There Is A Poisin Goin On" is also coming.
PE's lyrics have attacked sexism. Is it a problem in hip hop today?
Yes, because it is a problem in society. Yes, We have been guilty of it
What do you think about the movie "He Got Game"?
It is sharp, witty, and has a deep meaning to it. Denzel is Denzel! How
could you go wrong.
In retrospect, do you regret kicking Griff out of the group? Do you think
you handled it properly?
I think I handled it properly at the time. On the other hand I will always
have regrets. Being a leader, sometimes you have to make sharp decisions
for the whole.
Would you ever consider working with the Beastie Boys or a Tribe Called
Quest on a project?
No doubt. Two of my favorites of all times.
Question for ChuCk D: What do you think of hip hop now as opposed to when
you first started?
I think talent wise it has never been better. I think artists in order
to protect their contracts. Don't take as many risky and daring challenges.
That had compelled hip hop at it's best.
What do you think of the whole East Vs West rap war?
A fallacy. There is no such thing. Don't believe the hype.
I like yo book, "Fight the Power", is there any upcoming books?
Yes, I am writing one right now. "Anatomy of a Black Circus Within." Will
probably come out in 1999.
Can you tell us what that's about?
It's a day to day diary.
Do you think the youth of today "feel" your music like we did back in the
late 80s/early 90s?
It is a different generation. It would take a big introduction to today's
teenagers. I think Public Enemy has an older audience that newer groups
Have you planned on doing any more projects with any other industrial bands
such as "Front Line Assembly"?
The sky is the limit as far as where we will go from here. We will have
to see what is offered to us.
I recently met Jello Biafra, the former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys
turned political activist. I noticed that PE thanks him in one of your
albums, Do you stay in contact with him at all?
Occasionally we run across each other. He is good people.
Do you have any opinions on Flava's troubles? Is it hype, or are the problems
It is a combination of both of them? We try to do the best to make Flava's
situation as easy to handle as possible.
How did Public Enemy do the soundtrack for He got Game when there is only
one song in the movie?? Is the sound track full of new PE music? :)
Yes, the sound track has 13 songs. We have 7 of them of it. The rest is
classical score by Aaron Coupland.
Chuck D, What is most important? The message or the music. Are they both
They are both the same.
Do u think of yourself as a rolemodel?
Yes, because I am in front of the camera. Kids should pick up something
good, because it could help them.
In working on the soundtrack, especially the title cut, did Spike Lee come
to you guys and ask for some tracks? or have you guys been working on stuff
In this case Spike came to us. We made an album from scratch.
Where'd you get the idea for the buffalo springfield sample? and how did
you get Stephen stills involved?
It was a combination of Spike, myself, Hank and the film company to try
to flip it into something. We called Stephen up and asked him.
Chuck D, do you have a website where people might find out your performance
Yes, www.public-enemy.com what inspired to you to start rappstation.com?
The need to corral hip hop information for future streaming possibilities.
It is going up in June for sure.
What do you think is necessary of all rappers? what requirements and experience?
Music, objective, visual identity and entertaining qualities. The knowledge
of the past present and future artists.
Do you think rappers should always have something to say?
Yes, no matter what it is.
hi, who is your favorite poet?
My favorite poet would be The Last Poets. the old has society race-wise
advanced in the past decade? I think the relationships have gotten better.
Older people should take note.
Chuck, what was the reason for the original PE breakup, and what led to
We didn't break up. People get older and move around. And logistically
it takes time to put together things of great magnitude.
What do you feel is your best album ever? I don't feel "Fear of a Black
Planet" gets the respect it deserves. I always thought of it as the "Sergeant
Pepper" of Rap
It is hard to pick a favorite. Comparing albums is like comparing children.
I like them all the same.
Hey chuck, jungle, otherwise known as drum and bass. your voice is heavily
sampled in it. Music. underground still has a hold on you. what do u think?
I like it.
Chuck how do you feel about gangata rappers?
I think people confuse the term Sadler? and why? gangerster rap which is
the west coast form of rap and west coast rap has always been all right.
They just confuse the two.
Hi! I met you at the Amnesty International Spotlight Awards, are you involved
with anything for amnesty at the moment, are you still active in that area?
Yes I am still involved. I wish I could have been involved with their latest
commercial because I believe in it.
What other hobbies do u have other then singing?
Driving, writing, and sleep is a good hobby too.
Question: Yo, Chuck from your lyrics, its sounds like you are well read. What are
some of your favorite books?
"Death Of Rhythm and Blues" and " The Last Dictator " are two of my favorite
Is PE going to stay around and try to re-influence everyone into positive
I think that is beyond our capabilities. Life itself should navigate people's
minds into making decisions over right or wrong.
Chuck will you be participating in the Tibetan freedom festival again this
Individually yes, and as far as Public Enemy performance, depends on how
things are going. It has been a pleasure once again to talk with all of
you here online.
Thanks, Chuck, for stopping by tonight. ChuckDLive: I appreciate all the
wonderful people and questions. Thanks and stay tuned for the future and
remember to check out www.rappstation.com and www.public-enemy.com coming
soon. Thanks everyone.
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