It all started when Chuck D called out Hot 97 for its involvement in ruining hip-hop’s culture.
“Oh yeah @Rosenbergradio, you owe Mr. Chuck D and apology, and we are gonna see to it that he gets it. Publicly.”
Rosenberg must have taken Jay’s advice because soon after he apologized to the rap legend — reminiscing about his childhood when he watched “Do the Right Thing,” which features Public Enemy’s classic, “Fight the Power.”
“Now, that wasn’t the first time that I heard Public Enemy, but it was the first time that Chuck D’s voice truly affected me,” said Rosenberg. “So to think that 25 years later I would have a voice in this culture that some people would actually listen to a little bit is truly a blessing and something I’m very thankful for.”
“To have used that voice in any way to show what was perceived as public disrespect to the great Chuck D is something that I am truly regretful for. Chuck D is one of the main reasons that I’m so passionate about hip-hop in the first place. He’s one of the main reasons that I seek out revolutionary music like Dead Prez or Immortal Technique or Homeboy Sandman.”
The incident occurred when Chuck D criticized radio and hip-hop.
“If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs… or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?” Chuck asked.
He added, “Why does there have to be such a double standard?… It’s just a sloppy presentation of the art form, the worst presentation known to man. It’s negligent. There needs to be a greater representation of the culture and the community on that radio station.”
And Rosenberg took Chuck’s judgement personal and lashed out.
“Listen, Chuck, I respect the hell out of you, but you sir are trolling and you are above that,” Rosenberg said. “First of all, Chuck D has always hated radio. He hated WBLS and KISS when they were black owned, and now you hate Hot 97. Hip-Hop’s doing pretty well.”
He added, “last time I checked we had some amazing artists out there selling tons of albums. Last time I checked there are two tours selling out football stadiums with hip-hop. Not too bad. Now is hip-hop perfect? Absolutely not. But was it perfect when Chuck D was active in the game? Absolutely not.”
But Rosenberg even got more personal with the verbal attack against Chuck.
“Check D, no one elected you president of hip-hop,” he states. “We love you, you’re a father of this game. You contributed. But we did not elect you president of this culture. No one owns hip-hop. I don’t own hip-hop. Ebro doesn’t own hip-hop. Hot 97 doesn’t own hip-hop. It’s a collective culture and we all do our best to support it. Speaking of which, last thing, Chuck, what are you doing to support this culture besides tweeting confusing messages in 140 characters or less?”
Nevertheless, Chuck responded to Rosenberg’s apology… well… doing the right thing.
“I said before @Rosenbergradio [was] never an issue. Never personal,” Chuck said. “But apology accepted. He should now sit in a corner & watch. Get him some popcorn.”
But it’s safe to say these two hip-hop lovers are putting their differences aside for hip-hop’s sake.
Watch the apology below: