*Chuck D of Public Enemy has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, an annual effort to promote awareness of independent music stores around the world.
This year’s RSD takes place on April 19, reports Billboard. Since being founded in 2007, numerous rock stars have been tapped as ambassadors to help spread the word, including Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes (2009), Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2011), Iggy Pop (2012) and Jack White (2013).
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves,” Chuck D said on his appointment. “It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”
*Suge Knight may be fine with calling himself the n-word, but Chuck D has a deeper reason for not subscribing to the same theory.
Speaking to TMZ regarding Knight preferring to label himself a n—a rather than an African-American, Chuck D mentioned the history behind the word as a guide to personally incorporating it into a person’s word play.
Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs onstage at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware
*Flavor Flav has given his two cents on the state of hip hop, saying popular artists like Jay Z, 50 Cent and Drake aren’t quite cutting it, reports The Huffington Post.
“I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo,” Flavor Flav told Gigwise backstage at the U.K. music festival Kendal Calling. “It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’ — you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance. Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America.”
Chuck D (L) and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform onstage at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware
The clock-wearing hip hop veteran, whose first album with Public Enemy debuted in 1987, specifically cited Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Snoop Lion as artists who are making “great rap records” that aren’t true hip-hop.
Flav labeled Public Enemy’s 2012 track “31 Flavors,” from the album “The Evil Empire of Everything,” an example of genuine hip-hop.
Watch his Gigwise interview above to hear his full remarks on the genre. (Commentary on these hip-hop artists starts around the 6:05 mark.)
Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 83 today
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods. – Bill Cosby
Aug. 1: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 83. Blues musician Robert Cray is 60. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 53. Rapper Coolio is 50. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 40.
Aug. 1, 1867: Blacks voted for the first time in a state election in the South, contributing to a Republican sweep in Tennessee. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Public Enemy was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. It was a historical moment for the controversial group that’s gone against the grain from the beginning.
For group member Chuck D, it’s an honor but also a moment of reflection.
“It’s not ever really been about us, it’s about how we can actually forward the genre, so we take this very seriously,” Chuck D tells theGrio. “I don’t think we’ve ever been popular. We’ve been kind of begrudgingly accepted. I tell people all the time, if we didn’t get a chance to get our passport in 1987 and leave this country, Public Enemy wouldn’t have lasted 26 years as a cultural group that set the stage. We come from Roosevelt, Long Island, that’s a lot of what this whole thing is about.”
Despite the group’s faded memory, their impression wasn’t the easiest to swallow because they dealt with cold hard Black American reality, throwing the Black power fist up and rapping against assimilation.
“We represent a lot of things to a lot of people across the world, who are looking at these moments,” says Chuck. “The question is what do we do with these moments, and how does this better the environment that gave us a platform to be able to make changes in peoples’ lives with the gift of music?”
*In today’s interactive announcement on music-streaming site Spotify, organizers of the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made in America concert revealed that Beyoncé will headline the first day of the two-day festival on August 31, while Nine Inch Nails has been booked for September 1.
“One of the things on our mind was how do you top it? How do you go into year two and make sure that you’re continuing to live up to the ideals of Budweiser Made in America,” Paul Chibe, vice president of U.S. marketing at Anheuser-Busch, told MTV News. “Jay really did an amazing job curating the lineup.”
Aside from booking his wife, Hov helped to recruit a diverse lineup for the weekend, including rap artists 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Jay-Z’s sister-in-law Solange and crooner Miguel will hold down the R&B side, while rock acts include Queens of the Stone Age, Haim, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon and Phoenix. Dance artists include Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Wolfgang Gartner.
The public will be able to purchase one- and two-day passes beginning April 17, while American Express customers can get a jump on the presale starting Wednesday and Facebook users can beat the rush on Monday.
For the full 2013 Budweiser Made in America lineup, check BudweiserMadeinAmerica.com.