Public Enemy's status as the most respected act in hip-hop history owes much to Chuck D's chops as an R&B vocalist. We usually don't think of rappers as vocalists, because so little melody is involved. A rapper, though, has to deal with tone, projection, and phrasing at least as much as a soul crooner. And few vocalists of any genre can match Chuck D's rich, rumbling baritone; his supremely confident authority; or his crisp, staccato articulation--all present on The Autobiography of Mistachuck, his first solo effort. "To all the cynics I fought," he raps, "my record speaks for itself." His long line of groundbreaking singles and albums indeed does, but at the age of 36, his voice seems bigger, calmer, and more self-assured than ever as he promises to "keep hitting nerve bombs." --Geoffrey Himes
What PEople are saying about "Autobiography Of Mistachuck."
4.0 out of 5 stars Chuck D goes solo, hits a homer!
By RET on May 2, 2002
"Public Enemy, seminal hip hop group and instrumental in breaking the art form into the mainstream, came to an end with a very typical, but sad story. The group split, its many talented members pursued solo projects, and none of them ever went anywhere. Chuck D should have been the exception to this, and this album is the proof. "Autobiography of Mistachuck" is first rate hip hop. Chuck still has his voice and he still has his poetry, but he brings it to a much funkier and more soulful musical style than was ever used by Public Enemy. It's a strong solo release, and it should have attracted more commerical success than it did. Check tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12. 1, 5 and 10 are great! The hip hop scene is notoriously fickle. Figures of great talent rise and fall faster than in any other genre of music, disappearing of the radar screen to all but those who appreciate the old school. Gangster rap was still in full effect in the mid 90s, when this album was released. I think Chuck D acknowledges this plain fact of doing business in Track 1, with a sample from "Clockers." However, don't confuse the real thing with the LA gansta wannabes ... Chuck D's "Autobiography of Mistachuck" is the bomb!"
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhyme animal strikes again...
By A Customer on January 14, 1999
"Schmooove -- that's all I can say. This definitely isn't the same old PE vibe that we're used to, but it still makes a hell of a statement. The deep-soul tracks show that Chuck D is growing up without stepping down. Some of the production is a little too slow, but this album overall is a dope change of pace from one of hip-hop's overlords."
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing, I don't care what others have said
By Revue on October 10, 2013
"One simply doesn't just listen to Chuck D. You have to fully understand and experience what he speaks about. He speaks truth in every track. I can't tell you which track resonated the most with me. Each one here has done so in it's own way. The thing I really like about Chuck D (or Mistachuck, as he preferred to be referred to for his solo career) is that he makes references to all of Public Enemy's tracks as well as his own in every album. In order to listen to and understand him, you must own all of Public Enemy's and Chuck D's solo albums. You must listen to them like your livelihood depends on it. If you still don't understand, you must play it several times and pay attention to what he's saying. You may need to do some research. If you can't do that, then , "I've got nothing for you, man.
5.0 out of 5 stars-The Ene-D Strikes Back...
By A Customer on May 24, 1999
"If you're a PE fan, this is a must. Yes, a must. D slows things down considerably in this solo debut, but the beats are unmistakably PE, and as always, the lyrics are clear, harsh and make you clinch your fist every once in a while... as only Mistachuck can do."
5.0 out of 5 stars-Presenting Mistachuck D Changing The People Around Him!
By Andre S. Grindle
" It's very telling that the demise of Public Enemy in the mid 90's coincided with my complete dismissal of hip-hop. They were among those within the genre who laid the groundwork for my interest in the highly conscious and politicized end of the genre. So they split off to do solo projects in much the same manner as Arrested Development,another hip-hop group of a similar bent that I enjoyed. Of course this isn't about me is it? Its about Chuck D,the most powerful voice in Public Enemy and therefore its patriarchal figure. But this was 1996. Tupac was gone,The Fugees were ascendant and Biggie Smalls would soon be gone. In short hip-hop was at a critical juncture in its evolution. And since Chuck D is someone who I'd musically describe as a total funk artist in hip-hop dressing? He was more than qualified by the time of his solo debut to comment on this situation, The title song starts out the album in with DJ's and MC's jiving about Chuck's new solo project,debating its pros and cons while,even in the song itself Chuck gives them some rhymes to really debate about: his manifesto on this whole project. The song takes on a very clear cut James Brown influenced funk sound led strongly by rhythm guitar riffs,always at the foundation of PE Bomb Squad but presents itself here without any moderating elements. "No" takes that sound and clearly states what Chuck dislikes about hip-hop. "Generation Wrekked" is flat out brilliant-an out and out re-imagining of The Payback where he declares that the apathetic youth of the time consider that "if I can't change the people around me/I change the people around me".