Chuck D

Rapper/Activist/Author Born Carlton Ridenhour, the Roosevelt, Long Island-raised rapper Chuck D is best known as the front man of pioneering rap group Public Enemy. The MC with the booming voice is the lyrical mastermind behind hip hop classics like “Rebel Without a Pause,” “Shut ’Em Down” and “Don’t Believe the Hype.” As an activist, he has been involved in numerous human rights causes. He was also an early supporter of digitally downloadable music, pushing PE to become one of the first rap groups to release MP3-only albums. In 1998, Chuck settled out of court with The Notorious B.I.G.’s estate over B.I.G.’s sampling of his voice in the song “Ten Crack Commandments.” He also co-authored the book of essays Fight the Power.

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A classic look at MCs who held it down during The Big Apple's golden era.

Chuck D Calls Out Iggy Azalea for Using the N-Word

"Fancy" rapper blasted over doctored photo with T.I., Drake and B.o.B.

Peter Rosenberg Apologizes to Chuck D

Hot 97 radio personality makes amends with Public Enemy co-founder, says he's "regretful" for any "perceived" disrespect.

Chuck D Shares Letter From Tupac

Pac reached out to Public Enemy front man from prison, one year before his death.

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