(from March 2000)
3.30.2000 PE Concert
to be Re-broadcast @ HOB.com
by Dean Engmann
Once again you can
watch the Public Enemy concert that was recorded at the Los Angeles House Of
Blues on October 19th, 1999 at HOB.com! This concert is a Pay-Per-View 24
Hour CyberTicket that starts Friday, April 14 at 6 pm PST, however, if you just
want to watch the 28k or 56k stream, it's free. The pay-per-view concert
is for those of you with quick internet access. You can watch either a
100k, 300k, or 650k stream for just $7.99.
Here's the write-up of Public Enemy from the HOB
of hip-hop, many consider Public Enemy the definitive group of the genre. In the
late 80's Chuck D, Flava Flav, DJ Terminator X, Professor Griff and the rest of
the Bomb Squad redefined the elements of rap, creating the very first
incarnation of gangsta
and hardcore. With a constant focus on the social issues of the day, Chuck D
transcended the rules, launching Public Enemy into the realm political
revolutionaries. Armed with incendiary rhymes and an invigorating concoction of
sound that combined machine gun beats, chaotic samples and the lethal
combination of Chuck D's powerhouse voice and Flava Fla's absurd antics, the
group came to signify the future of rap. Albums like Yo Bum Rush the Show and
Fear of a Black Planet showed the world that hip-hop was a force to be reckoned
with. Today Public Enemy continue their revolutionary work, taking rap to even
greater levels than when they started. Their latest release There's a Poison
Going On defies conformity and embraces the future. Check out this HOB.com 24
hour Pay-Per-View Cyber-ticket of Public Enemy recorded live and in video at the
House of Blues Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on October 19, 1999.
Visit the official Public Enemy website: www.publicenemy.com
Public Enemy appears courtesy of Atomic
3.30.2000 Chuck D at
Chuck D, trailblazer of the rap movement will speak
to the future of the First Amendment, Saturday, April 15, at the FIRST,
Foundation for Individual Responsibility and Social Trust We the Future
Convention 2000. The presentation begins at 1 P.M. at the Drexel University
Great Hall, 32nd and Chestnut Streets. During the weekend of April 14-16, young
adults will gather in Philadelphia to take the future in their hands to create a
Generational Action Plan. "One of the most politically and socially
conscious artists of any generation," says Spike Lee, Chuck D is the
founder of Public Enemy, the innovative rap group. He is the author of a best
selling autobiography, a national spokesperson for Rock The Vote and is seen on
CNN, Nightline and Politically Incorrect. Last fall he launched a multi-format
"supersite" on the Web, Rapstation.com. A guest contributor to Time
Magazine, Chuck D has been profiled in Forbes, Time, and USA Today. A one-day
only registration is offered from support by PECO, Lucent Technologies and
William Penn Foundation. Events include deliberations with Congressman Chaka
Fattah; Wendy Kopp, President of Teach for America; Dr. Baruch Blumberg, Nobel
Prize for Medicine winner; Lt. Governor Joe Rogers of Colorado and Dr. Arthur
Shostak of the World Future Society. Marian Wright Edelman, President of the
Children's Defense Fund is the keynote speaker. Jose M. Ferrer, Managing Editor
of Time Inc. moderates presentations by the Presidential Campaigns.
Representatives will be announced soon. Registration is open to those between 18
and 35 who have a desire to be heard in the coming election. Registration fee
for the conference is $100. Saturday only admission is $50. Contact FIRST at
215-241-7980 or www.wethefuture.org.
D Speaks at We The Future 2000
founder of the politically conscious rap outfit Public Enemy, will be on hand
for the FIRST [Foundation for Individual Responsibility and Social Trust] We The
Future Convention 2000. He will be speaking on the future of the First
Amendment. The event will take place on Saturday, April 15th at 1pm at the
Drexel University Great Hall on 32nd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. We
the Future 2000 is a weekend long event with conventions and workshops to
discuss topics effecting young adults of today. Those in attendance will be able
to speak directly to the candidates to get some answers and see where they
stand. Other guest speakers include Congressman Chaka Fattah, Wendy Kopp,
President of Teach for America, and Dr. Arthur Shostak of the World Future
Society. Registration fee is $100 and $50 on Saturday for anyone who is 18-35
and wants to have their voice heard. For more information call (215) 241-7980 or
log on to http://www.wethefuture.org.
3.25.2000 Chuck D
confirmed for Hip Hop Generation - Hip Hop as a Movement Conference
by Dean Engmann
Chuck D has been added to speak at the first ever
Hip Hop Generation - Hip Hop as a Movement conference at the University of
Wisconsin - Madison. The mission statement on the official
website tells what this conference is all about:
The conference is meant to empower youth of all backgrounds and those willing to
advance their culture to
the next level, social change. Despite the misconceptions of mainstream America,
Hip Hop is more than music. Hip Hop is
the culture of disenfranchised people, made to address and inspire action among
the masses. This conference is meant to encourage people to wear their song as
their flag and address the needs and issues of communities in America and the
This conference is FREE to all. Just register at www.hiphopgeneration.org.
This may finally be my chance to meet the one and only mistachuck - I missed him
at the PE concert in Milwaukee back in October, so hopefully I'll catch him this
article from Davey D's excellent website,
who is also scheduled to appear.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host "Hip Hop Generation - Hip Hop
As A Movement", the very first conference dedicated solely to youth
empowerment and social change through Hip Hop Culture, April 14-!6. The event
will bring entertainers, scholars, activists, and community members together to
examine urban youth culture as a force for social change.
historic 3-day gathering will include panels addressing a broad range of issues,
from "The Prison Industrial Complex", "Sexuality and Homophobia
in Hip Hop", "Anti-Violence Youth Organizing", to "Guerilla
Radio-The Internet's Impact on The Music Industry". The conference will
also feature special graf exhibits by Jim Prighoff and dzine.
conference will feature performances by some of the hottest underground artists
including Screwball (Tommy Boy), Dead Prez (Loud), Planet Asia (Ground Control/Nu
Gruv), Bahamadiah (Goodvibe), Zion I (Ground Control/Nu Gruv), and Rebel Lion
(Black Panther Collective). Performance showcases of local talent will also be
Saturday concert will unite some of the most talented women performers in Hip
Hop today giving the spotlight to an all-female line up. Saturday night
performers are: the Anomolies, Medusa (Goodvibe), Shortee (Bomb Hip Hop), Neb
Luv (Goodvibe), and DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon).
speakers and panelists include Davey D, Dan Frosch, Mtume Ya Salaam, Professor
Craig Werner, Minister Abdullah Muhammad, Adam Matthews, Luis Cardona, Rachel
Raimist, Asia 1, and Shaka Shakur.
may register online at www.hiphopgeneration.org to insure access to all events
and exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public.
by the Associated Students of Madison and the Wisconsin Union Directorate
& Promotions Contact: Greg DL - firstname.lastname@example.org
608-262-1206 608-265-3549 fax
D Nominated for Prestigous Award
to Chuck D, who has been nominated for Long Islander of the Century by Newsday,
the daily Long Island, NY newspaper. Each day, Monday through Thursday the paper
presents another nominee who hails from Long Island and has contributed to the
community and made positive achievements in this century. Later this year
readers will vote for their Long Islander of the Century choices.
Chuck D has been nominated for multiple achievements including the formation of
Public Enemy with fellow Long Islanders, William Drayton aka Flavor Flav, Norman
Rogers aka Terminator X, Richard Griffin aka Professor Griff and original PE
producer Hank Shocklee. Public Enemy is considered by many to be the most
influential and political group in rap's history, "It Takes A Nation of
Millions to Hold Us Back," released in 1988, has been hailed by many
critics and fans to be the masterpiece album of hip hop.
Additionally, Chuck D has traveled the world speaking out on injustices and
visiting schools and universities lecturing on drugs and violence and the
importance of education. He continues to lecture today, quickly becoming one of
the most important speakers of our time.
Chuck D has of late formed a network of websites where he can reach a global
audience, through his bi-monthly Terrordome commentaries at his official Public
Enemy website, www.publicenemy.com,
as well as contributing commentary at www.rapstation.com
and through his radio shows here at bringthenoise.com. While at the official
P.E. site be sure to catch up-to-the-minute details on the activities of Chuck D
and Public Enemy in the Hype
Bring The Noise Presents Chuck D's New Radio
Direct News) courtesy of Atomic Pop
Los Angeles (March 17, 2000) - Bring the Noise and Atomic Pop announce the
launch of a new weekly radio show, “Beats, Rhymes And Life: Hip-Hop News
Show,” with Chuck D exclusively on www.BringTheNoise.com. In this
first-of-its-kind radio show, Chuck D will verbally cover the week in hip-hop
with commentary, board readings, and music, every Saturday night starting at
9:00pm EST. The debut show will air this Saturday, March 18th.
“My goal is to try to become
the ‘dark Dick Clark’ of this genre space. A hip-hop news show is rare and I
figured why not start it here. BringTheNoise.com covers all of the other areas
of hip-hop and rap programming, and this was the only void left,” says Bring
The Noise co-founder Chuck D. “‘Beats, Rhymes And Life: Hip-Hop News Show’
is a first, inspired by Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live’s news coverage,
but in a hip-hop way.”
BringtheNoise.com was founded by
rap and Internet visionary Chuck D and long-time Public Enemy producer Gary
G-Wiz. With the addition of “Beats, Rhymes And Life,” BringTheNoise.com will
broadcast one new radio show nightly, streaming at 9:00 PM EST.
“Chuck and Gary have a deep
connection to the hip-hop community and Atomic Pop is dedicated to empowering
them in every way possible in reaching a global audience” says Serina Mayer,
Atomic Pop’s Managing Director of Online Operations.
Additional nightly shows include
“The Countdown Show” (the hottest top 10 list on the Internet), “The
Hip-Hop Spot” (veteran New York rap DJ Wildman Steve spinning hip-hop
classics), “The Strictly Hot Shit Mix Show” (featuring DJ Kamron), “1/2
Pint’s Hot Spot” (the hottest new underground jams, old school flavor and
artist interviews, hosted by Rap radio veteran 1/2 Pint), “2 Angry
Listeners” (average listeners review signed and unsigned music), and Chuck D
will continue to host “When The Shit Hits The Fans” (the best unsigned and
independent music) also dubbed “Suitcase Radio” because he broadcasts live
from a suitcase as he travels around the world.
Bring The Noise is a joint
venture with Atomic Pop and is also accessible via www.atomicpop.com
Voted "Best Internet Radio
Station for 2000" by Yahoo Internet Life
ABOUT ATOMIC POP Atomic Pop was
founded by Al Teller, the former head of MCA Music Entertainment Group,
president of CBS records and CEO of Alliance Entertainment. Atomic Pop is an
Internet-centric music company committed to leveraging the digital medium to
change the way music is acquired, marketed, promoted, sold, distributed and
experienced. The company is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Additional information
can be found on the Internet at www.atomicpop.com
3.13.2000 Bill adds a Bill
to his Material, Mystic adds Flavor to Lightyear
website) by Daddy Lion Chandell (Music & Entertainment Analyst and
Yeaaaah, boyeeee! He's back, not that he ever left,
really. But even with two Public Enemy albums past by from the last two
years---their last Def Jam Recordings album He Got Game: Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack [Def Jam-Def Jam Music Group*PolyGram, 1998], and last year's
'There's A Poison Goin' On,' one of the first albums for the fairly new
Internet-interactive record label, Atomic Pop (thank God they changed their
logo)---people have had yet to hear the mouth of Flavor Flav once again in a
more exposed sense. Well, last year, the unforgettable, young-voiced,
large-clock-sporting, electric-crazy-motion B-boy Flav, born William Drayton, is
the first to be signed to Omega Records, a new "Urban" division of
Mystic Music & Entertainment, owned by Greg Russell and currently
distributed by Lightyear Entertainment. The deal with Lightyear came quite
naturally since Mystic, in late 1998, acquired Viceroy Music which was
distributed by Lightyear previously (and vaguely seen by many). Mystic's most
recent release and probably first one under that name was the debut solo album
for Robert Lamm, former co-frontman for the legendary Contemporary group Chicago®
and writer/lead vocalist on most of their earliest and most memorable hits
including "Beginnings (a.k.a. Only The Beginning)", "Does Anybody
Really Know What Time It Is?", and "Saturday In The Park"
[Columbia-Sony Music (CBS Records), 1970, 1970, and 1972].
Unsurprisingly, the title of
Flavor Flav's debut album is 'It's About Time,' which should be released
sometime around April. Also, you should not be surprised if there are nice big
names on the special guest lineup list. Some people already know about his debut
single, "Git On Down"/"The Hot 1", which was released in
December. "Git On Down" is one of a few tracks that marks the comeback
of the 1991 Psychedelic Hip-Hop group Son Of Bazerk, who recorded for the
MCA-distributed (and no longer around for about 6 years) Sound Of Urban
Listeners (S.O.U.L.) label owned by Hank Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, best known
for---who else?---Public Enemy. "The Hot 1" features Beverly Johnson,
who if I'm correct is one and the same as the long-time model and actress most
recently featured in Lionel C. Martin's hot, sexy comedy 'Def Jam's How To Be A
Player' [Island Pictures-PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1997].
I remember walking down 53rd
Street in Midtown Manhattan last Summer and meeting up with Flav, who happened
to be in a rush at that time. It was no more than at least 20 seconds that we
spoke as he stated to me that he had to head down to his label. That label must
have definitely been Mystic since it is located in Midtown. As far as other
Flavor Flav material is concerned, you can find him on the latest Hip-Hop
project album, 'Intonarumori' by Material, the special "group" lead by
Bill Laswell. ("There's no stopping Mr. Laswell"). 'Intonarumori' is
the first album on Laswell's still-existing, decade-old Axiom label as per its
switch of distribution from Island Records to Palm Pictures Records-Islandlife.
Flav's song is a hot one too....quite literally, I must say, in two ways. It's a
hot song to listen to, and it also discusses hot topics....like sex that gets
you hot....BATHROOM HOT! Flav's "Burnin' " features phonosycographDISK
and DXT and can be found as song #2 (amidst the two interludes). The album
should be in stores now and it features other songs from Kool Keith and Kut
Masta Kurt, Killah Priest, Alicia Blue, Ramm Ell Zee, Juggaknots with Queen
Heroine, The Ghetto Prophets, Nature Boy Jim Kelly, and Parliament/Funkadelic
members Bernie Worrell and Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey on separate tracks
with other people.
Flavor Flav should gain some hot
talk from this project. By that time, all his rare, large clocks will
synchronize and explode onto the world at large, and we won't hear the end of
it. And we won't want to, because all of us will be nodding our heads or (pardon
the expression) laughing our asses off and saying to ourselves, "Damn, it's
about time!" Flav, we love you, G, on the MAXIMUM strength.
On the post-script tip, I'm
surprised Universal didn't take him, considering his special opening
contribution to a 1990 Universal movie. Let me know if you know what I'm talking
**Watch for a very special report
on Flavor Flav coinciding with the upcoming album review.**
3.13.2000 Chuck D Launches New Show @ bringthenoise.com
Tune in to Chuck D's new weekly show 'BEATS, RHYMES, AND LIFE' HIPHOP NEWS SHOW
WITH CHUCK D'exclusively on www.bringthenoise.com.
Mista Chuck verbally covers the week in hiphop with commentary, board readings
and music every Saturday night starting at 9:00pm EST. Catch the debut show this
Saturday, March 18th.
And remember, keep checkin his
SUITCASE RADIO 'WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FANS' show on Thursday nights at 9:00pm
EST, playing across the world the best of unsigned and independent releases.
3.8.2000 Chuck D Wants
Public Enemy leader Chuck D
is looking to enlist "an army of MP3s" to be featured on his
Rapstation website (www.rapstation.com).
Posting in the Terrordome section of the official PE site (www.public-enemy.com),
the hip hop/net pioneers explains:
"At www.rapstation.com I'm looking for an army of MP3s on the mp3 jamz, at
least 3000 songs by the end of the year. I'm also organizing an Internet street
squad to comb thru cyberspace to recruit heads. Where we are different than
mp3.com is that we will only concentrate in the hiphop realm or any of its
closely related areas." If you've got something cool to share with Chuck,
"Either upload at the site address, or send CDs, DATs or cassettes to
rapstation mp3-jamz, 7139 Hwy. 85, Suite 131, Riverdale, Georgia 30274. I don't
care if you're screamin in a tape recorder." D's label site
www.slamjamz.com is expected to launch this Spring ("April or May").
He is looking to sign "at least 100 artists" to "digital
deals" before 2001. D will release the debut disc from his side project
Confrontation Camp later this year. Check Noise for further details soon.
3.7.2000 Don't Forget
to vote for Public Enemy in the Online Hip Hop Awards!!!
by Dean Engmann
Public Enemy as well as Rapstation.com are up for
awards in this year's Online Hip Hop Awards. Rapstation.com is up for Best
New Website and also Outstanding Graphic Design awards. Public
Enemy is up for Online Hip-Hop Award
of the Year.
Make sure to support Chuck D and Public Enemy by voting at www.onlinehiphopawards.com!
Voting closes on March 31st and winners will be announced on April 12th at the
live Awards show in New York City.
3.7.2000 Hold on for Flav's New CD
by Dean Engmann
Just a quick update on Flavor Flav's new CD. A message from Greg J on the
FlavorFlav website says "yo, just hold on for that release....it's
coming....late April/early May......stay tuned to the site...who knows when some
unreleased material may pop up.....just to upset some heads at the
3.7.2000 4:18 am est
Chuck D Rock Disc Planned For Summer
Public Enemy rapper Chuck D
plans to release the debut album from his rock outfit Confrontation Camp in June
or July, his manager, Walter Leaphart, said. Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than
They Appear will be issued through Chuck D's own Slam Jamz label, in conjunction
with another, as-yet-unannounced, music company. Meanwhile, Slamjamz.com is on
track to launch by the end of May. The rapper and online music activist wrote in
his most recent "Terrordome" online column (www.public-enemy.com) that
he hopes to have digital deals with 100 artists by year's end. In addition,
Chuck D's Rapstation.com hip-hop site is now accepting hip-hop MP3 submissions
from fans, with the goal of posting 3,000 songs online before 2001. "I
don't care if you're screamin' in a tape recorder," the rapper wrote.
D Wants Your Music!
website) words by Davey D
Chuck D of Public Enemy has been on the move as of late. He's been dropping off
post cards and getting the word out to as many independent and up and coming
artists as possible about the new Digital Revolution. He's been aggressively
encouraging artists to 'break the matrix' and he's offering up his latest
venture Rapstation.com as a viable tool. The post card/flyer reads as follows:
RAPSTATION wants you to get your
joints posted for worldwide distribution. Upload your MP3 tracks and we'll
automatically encode them to RealAudio. Got a gig coming up? Enter the details
into the form and get on Rapstation's Concert Scoop. It's easy! All you need
>to do is click the link below to sign up. Got questions? Check out the help
section and we'll tell you all about how to do it. If you're still having
problems we'll even give you one-on-one assistance. What are you waiting for?
Check it out now. http://www.rapstation.com/zmp3jamz/
Chuck goes on to explain that
'the old way is dead' and that Rapstation is looking to promote 'many
independent rap labels, sites and Hip Hop artists to the new ideal for records
and culture.. To get down with the program interested parties can either send
their music to MP-3 Jamz c/o PO BX 310, Roosevelt, NY 11575 or 7139 Hwy 85 suite
Riverdale Ga 30274....
3.7.2000 Chuck D to
Release Rock Album
Public Enemy frontman and hip hop ambassador Chuck D will release his debut
album with his rock group, Confrontation Camp in June or July. The album,
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear will be released on Chuck D's Slam
Jamz label in conjunction with an unannounced music company. The album will be
sold on the web.
In related Chuck D news, his website, Rapstation.com, is accepting MP3
submissions from artists to help them get worldwide distribution. Rapstation.com
plans to have 3,000 songs on the web by 2001
3.7.2000 Chuck D. Wants
If you have any music that's
lying around then you need to send it to Chuck D. It's not like he needs it or
anything. He's just trying to look out for you, chief. His site, Rapstation.com,
wants to help you get worldwide distribution by uploading it via MP3, If you got
a session coming up and need some PR, Chuck wants to hear about that as well.
Enter the details into the form
and get on Rapstation's Concert Scoop. If we haven't made this obvious enough,
you can get down at: http://www.rapstation.com/zmp3jamz/
pm et The Artist Honors Self Empowerment, Chuck D
Calls For An End To Brutality
website) by Lucy Tauss, New York
D, who presented the Artist
formerly known as Prince
with the male artist of the decade award on Saturday night (March 4) at the Soul
Train Awards in Los Angeles (LAUNCH,
3/5), took a moment before his introduction to call for an end to police
"Since we're on Soul Train
and still representing, let's represent stopping police brutality, all right?
Stop Prop. 21, build more schools, less prisons."
Following Chuck's introduction,
the Artist took the stage. The notoriously publicity-shy artist asked the
cheering audience to remain standing while he read a passage that celebrated
self-empowerment and freedom from contracts.
"Some people find it odd
that when we win anything in this game we give praise back unto God," he
said. "Well, in somebody else's game, any triumph makes us feel blessed.
When it's your game, you make the rules, everything comes easy. All your friends
are in key positions, so when you decide you don't want to play any more, you
never leave empty-handed. Can somebody say 'golden parachute?' Well, it's not
your game, you didn't make the rules, so everything comes hard. As long as
you're signed to a contract, you're going to take a minority share of the
winnings. A select few of us will do well. The majority will not. So, as a
people, we'll be considered a minority. Let's stop. Take a moment and look at
yourselves. There's nothing minor about you. You are a blessed people. You are
the most talented on earth and you are still grateful. That is why upon winning
in their game you always thank God. Tonight, I would like to ask one favor of
you: imagine what we'll all be like in our own game."
to Dean's Tribute to Public Enemy (Main)