Chuck D Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, USA
Birth NameCarlton Douglas Ridenhour
Nicknames The Voice of Power
Public Enemy Number One
The Hard Rhymer
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chuck D was born on August 1, 1960 in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, USA as Carlton Douglas Ridenhour. He is married to Gaye. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Gaye (? - present) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Member of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy.
In 2000, became one of the foremost public supporters of MP3 and file-sharing technology, much to the music industry's chagrin.
Attended Adelphi University in Long Island, New York.
Public Enemy were voted the 44th Greatest Artists in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
Worked as a bike messenger in New York City before he and his group Public Enemy were signed.
Liberal Radio (Air America Radio) co-host. [April 2004]
Has three daughters.

Personal Quotes (6)

Fight the power!
As a musicologist, and I consider myself one, there was always a great deal of respect for Elvis (Elvis Presley'), especially during his Sun sessions. As a black people, we all knew that. My whole thing was the one-sidedness like Elvis' icon status in America made it like nobody else counted. My heroes came from someone else. My heroes came before him. My heroes were probably his heroes. As far as Elvis being "The King", I couldn't buy that.
Eminem is the new (Elvis Presley') because, number one, he has the respect for black music that Elvis had. I think he's courteous and sympathetic to black music and, unfortunately, he's more sympathetic to black music than many black artists themselves.
Rap is black America's TV station.
[on getting permission to enter Canada] We've had heavy security problems at the border since the 1990s. It's the roughest border on the planet. To me it resembles the Berlin Wall. I experienced having to be searched by cops and dogs coming through western Germany to go back to Berlin, and I'm here to tell you that that seemed more humane.
On Gil Scott Heron in 2010: You can go into Ginsberg and the Beat poets and Dylan, but Gil Sott-Heron is the manifestation of the modern world. He and the Last Poets set the stage for everyone else.

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