3 Dope ‘Rare’ Songs from Chuck D of PE as We Celebrate His Birthday..

Chuck D  on PE logoToday August 1 is the birthday of Chuck D aka Mistachuck, lead rapper of the seminal Hip Hop group Public Enemy.. Earlier this year the group was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame which was a well deserved honor..But we should all note within Public Enemy is an array of musicians and producers who are capable of holding their own in a variety of fields.. from the Bomb Squad to Professor Griff to Flavor Flav..

As we celebrate Chuck D’s birthday we wanted to go beyond his immense body of work as a member of public Enemy and look at some of his solo and spin-off projects.. So today’s 3 Dope songs is dedicated to Chuck D and some of his recent and rare songs y’all should know..

First we wanna look at a recent song Chuck D did with long time friend and musical collaborator Kyle Jason who is an incredible musician and fellow PE member Professor Griff.. The song below is off a new compilation album called ‘Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’

Mistachuck I Hate featuring Kyle Jason and Professor Griff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87_HDTMc7Nk

This is another solo project done under the name Mistachuck produced by long time PE member Johnny Juice.. It’s dedicated to those fighting to tear down walls of separation especially along our borders.. Always forward thinking, Chuck had done this song months before Arizona passed its Draconian anti-immigrant SB 1070 law.. The version below is a remix and video that acknowledges the challenges in Arizona while addressing the border challenges everywhere..

Mistachuck Tear Down That Wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPeyQ9SdiOs

Kyle Jason, Proffessor Griff and Chuck D..Confrontation Camp

Kyle Jason, Professor Griff & Chuck D.. Confrontation Camp

Looking back into time.. we recall  that Chuck D  was part of a rock rap featuring Professor Griff and Kyle Jason group called Confrontation Camp?

They did an album called Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear which included a gut wrenching song called Jasper which paid tribute to James Byrd, a Black man dragged to his death in the back of a truck by a group of white racists. This happened June 7th 1998…

Confrontation Camp-Jasper

Another group that Chuck D started was a 5 man group called Fine Arts Militia which featured stellar musicians Brian Hardgroove of Bootsy Collin fame, Wes Little (drums), Victor J. Burks (keyboards), and Brad Craig (guitar).

Chuck D Fine Arts MilitiaThe group essentially rocked funky music behind Chuck D doing a hybrid of spoken word and rap, with the subject matter being a series of lectures he had done around the topics of Race, Rap and Technology. This was ground breaking in the sense that Chuck was new deep in the emerging dotcom era and spending a lot of time on the west coast around Silicon Valley..

He and his team were doing some innovative stuff at the time ranging from being one of the first to record a full album completely on line to setting up digital label (Slam Jamz) and establishing a supersite called Rapstation.com which early on was doing internet radio.. Their debut album, We Are Gathered Here, appeared on Koch in spring 2003 was a sound track for that time period.

Fine Arts Militia Digging Digital Ditches

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3TaNTN7nW8

This is an anti war song Fine Arts Militia did as they paid tribute to blues legend Johnnie Lee Hooker at radio City Music Hall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WUxa6aXeNU

We couldn’t leave out without tossing a couple of cuts from Chuck D’s first solo album The Autobiography of Mistachuck..

Chuck D‘s Call Me Mistachuck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38OBZ7N4PmQ

Chuck D ‘Pride’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk9Wn5Rz7oQ

Comments

  1. Happy birthday to THE HARD RHYMER…truly legendary. Good lookin on those lost tracks DD. Respect the longevity.

  2. Nice to see them still working

  3. Chuck D has always been one of my favorite rappers…Happy Birthday

  4. More of that edumucation – 15

  5. Nice Tracks!

  6. kool #2

  7. nice #18

  8. hiphopnewsmedia says:

    this is a good look. thanks

  9. Great interview by Chuck and Flav on that fake azz website ALLHIPHOP.COM. Worth checking. They finally found somethin else to talk about then Kimye’s baby’s name or Nicki Minaj. They should rename that website 90%wackshit.com. And yes, it is sites like that which have helped corrode our artform. This site kills that garbage. Keep it real DD.

  10. GRANVILLE HENRY says:

    HAPPY EARTHDAY TRUTH SPEAKER,

  11. Ak Wurster says:

    Oh please oh please oh please, just give us just one more HIT!!!

  12. I hear ya. Finding anything that is legit RAP these days is hard work for those in the know, let alone those who are clueless about what RAP is. That’s how the man wants it. That and to completely screw up the public perception of what Rhythmically Applied Poetry is.

    And for those who say “Which is better, RAP or Hip Hop?”, and such, or those who speak as if RAP and Hip Hop are different forms of music: Hip Hop is the culture, and RAP is thus the only form of Hip Hop music!..

    ..Therefore: Either you are RAP, or you’re NOT RAP. In other words you’re either making RAP music, or you’re making sucker ass bullshite to f up the planet and bring standards of society back to a worse state than caveman times…

    …And that’s coming from a man. Lol. Big up DD. Big up Chuck and the whole PE Posse – there can never be Too Much PE Posse ;oD

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