Chuck D: Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionary (Paperback)
by Chuck D (Author), Yusuf Jah (Author)
The power is in the mic, and the power has been unleashed in clubs, arenas, stadiums, stages, and parks all over the planet. MCs are able to connect with its audience in a way that the music alone cannot. Hip Hop, via the MC, has undoubtedly become the voice of a new generation. Much attention has been paid to the staggering impact hip hop music and culture has had on the greater American and world cultures; its influence on fashion, television, advertising, and the attitudes of the worlds youth. However, not nearly as much attention has been paid to the social and political impact that the art form and its artists have had. Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionary is designed to transcend rap and venture into the realm of offering commentary and analysis into some of the deeper aspects of life itself. As one of raps preeminent political and social groups of all time, front man Chuck D offers direct explanations and interpretations of what his lyrics are about as a tool to help set minds free in this "hustle and flow and get rich or die tryin times." Chuck delves into the inspiration and writing of such rap classics as "Fight the Power," "Dont Believe The Hype," "Cant Truss It," and "Welcome to the Terrordome." As Chuck D explains, "We must remain mindful that theres a road to freedom, and resist the embarrassingly popular trend that ignorance and a ghetto mentality, which is cast upon us, is our only food for thought or food for non-thought. As MCs we must become more responsible and revolutionary in our approach, because we have young people around the globe listening to our every word and watching our every step."
Admirers proclaimed him the Bob Dylan or Bob Marley of rap. -- Los Angeles Times
One of the most politically and socially conscious artists of any generation? -- Spike Lee
Chuck D is the greatest voice in Hip Hop history as far as social commentary and rhymes for the upliftment of Black people. Chuck D is in a league of his own. -- Kool Moe Dee
About the Author
Chuck D is the lead rapper of the world famous rap group Public Enemy. With millions of records sold worldwide, and over 50 tours on six continents, Chuck D is clearly one of the most sought after celebrity personalities in discussions of popular culture, race, and trends with the youth. The Library of Congress has named "Fear Of A Black Planet" as one of the 50 selected recorded works to be enshrined for preservation. Rolling Stone magazine recently anointed Public Enemy as one of the 50 immortal acts ever in rock and roll.
Yusuf Jah has co-authored several books including Fight the Power: Rap, Race and Reality, and Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of Americas Youth in the Crossfire. He is an educator in Los Angeles.
The Rebel, May 23, 2007
By G-ROCK - See all my reviews
Chuck D is the man. His words rain down on us wetting us with knowledge & information and at the same time making us a proud people. A must for the true PUBLIC ENEMY fan.