*Los Angeles was the last stop of the Hip Hop Gods tour, featuring Chuck D & Public Enemy, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Davy DMX, the X Clan, Son of Bazerk, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), and Awesome Dre.
Thursday (12/13/12) night’s performance ended a successful run of the tour, which kick-offed on November 28th in Washington, D.C. and continued for an additional 13 nights in other cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Chuck D, Public Enemy’s frontman, is the brainchild behind the tour.
At a press conference on Thursday, held at the Grammy Museum, Chuck D explained the significance of the concerts.
Chuck D went on to introduce the classic rap stars present at the press conference and had special words for Monie Love, one of the first ladies of hip hop.
Monie Love, who rocked the airwaves in 1989 with Queen Latifah on the pro-woman anthem “Ladies First,” added that she hopes the new women of rap up their game and start selling the music instead of their bodies.
It’s no secret that Chuck D is very vocal about hip hop’s legacy. He’s disappointed and mad as hell that it still doesn’t get the respect it deserves in music circles and in society as a whole. He added that since it was recently announced that Public Enemy will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the induction ceremony is 4/28/13), he’s been peppered with questions about hip hop not being worthy of such an honor but he’s not having such disrespect.
In addition to discussing the tour at the press conference, Chuck D also had Los Angeles community activists there to put a spotlight on the growing problem of homelessness in Los Angeles and nationwide. The short film, “Operation Skid Row,” was presented and is about a free concert Public Enemy and other classic rap stars gave on the infamous downtown Los Angeles homeless district back in January 2012. For more information on the film and efforts to address homelessness, visit the LA Community Action Network’s website at http://www.cangress.org.
Meanwhile, you may have noticed that Public Enemy’s most flamboyant member – Flavor Flav – was not in the house. Word from the publicist was that he was on his way and that he would more than likely miss the press event – unfortunately, he did. At any rate, Chuck D is slated to hold more Hip Hop Gods tours in the future. For more information, check out http://hiphopgods.rapstation.com.