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Chuck D

The Hard Rhymer still brings the noise as a force for social change.

Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes.


The Hard Rhymer still brings the noise as a force for social change.

For the past five years, he has hosted On the Real/Off the Record for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures of our time have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the US. His recent book, This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History, was released in 2017. There are few artists who possess such sophisticated understandings of the music business, entertainment industry, and racial politics in America, and few speakers who can command an audience like Chuck D.


Our speakers get attention.

  • Chuck D and Public Enemy Bring the Noise to the Desert in Video for ‘Grid’
    Public Enemy have released a new music video for “Grid,” their collaboration with Cypress Hill and George Clinton from their most recent album, What You Gonna Do When the Grid…
  • Chuck D Shows Us How to Rage With Age
    There was a time when being Public Enemy #1 was the biggest part of Chuck D’s identity.
  • Bringing Down The Grid: Chuck D And Public Enemy’s Ongoing Mission
    The rap giants speak as America goes to the polls...
  • Chuck D Explains How Run-DMC And Jam Master Jay Helped Birth Public Enemy
    I knew that was gonna put together an album [What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?]. Then I reached out to people like George Clinton. And I reached…
  • In Conversation: Chuck D Is Rebelling Against America’s New Gridlock
    The Public Enemy rapper expounds on America’s technological dependency and how people on both sides of the fence may be getting duped.
  • Public Enemy’s Chuck D Talks Return to Def Jam, George Clinton, and Ferocious New Album
    "The hip-hop heavyweights drop their latest album What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, a call to arms loaded with collaborations"

It was such an inspiring interview and his insight was so helpful to the students, educators, and music industry professionals in attendance.

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It was absolutely awesome. Chuck has always been one of my heroes and he delivered per usual. The students are still talking about the panel today, with him and Trayvon Martin's mom. They complimented each other well.

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Chuck did his homework. He had specifics about Cincinnati ready to go, all day long. He delivered. The audience was hooked on his every word, and would have stayed even longer had we let them. He was funny, poignant, dynamic, electric, engaging—I’m not sure I have enough adjectives. Watching Chuck act like he had all the time in the world with every single person who stopped to talk, or wanted a photo, or a book personalized was a lesson in grace and generosity.

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It was a fantastic event! So timely, important, powerful, and entertaining too. Chuck has been and continues to be such a crucial voice for anti-racism, for the arts, for youth, and I know that he inspired a lot of people tonight. Something we all especially need right now.

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