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CHUCK D OF PUBLIC ENEMY INTERVIEWED (2004): Business as usual

CHUCK D OF PUBLIC ENEMY INTERVIEWED (2004): Business as usual

The man whose angry voice once sent shockwaves around the world answers his cellphone with a barely audible, “Hello”. Somewhere in the background a woman’s voice on a high-energy marketing rush is clearly audible talking about recouping costs, the outlay for advertising, and a settlement. I ask if this is a convenient time...

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

By the late Eighties when this announced itself like a live album with stadium sound from the audience and a siren wail, hip-hop had sprung past the sampling innocence and good times of its early period in Stateside inner-city block parties and cheap steals from bits of vinyl. Within the first few minutes of this confrontational, sometimes...

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA INTERVIEWED (1988): The shape of things hip-hop and political to come?

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA INTERVIEWED (1988): The shape of things hip-hop and political to come?

He answers the phone exactly as you might expect - a booming, stentorian tone like some Old Testament prophet and commands: “Speak.” We speak . . . and the voice changes into the quiet tones of unassuming politeness as he patiently explains his political philosophy -- and there's a lot of it. For this is Afrika Bambaataa,...

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