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Carlton Douglass Ridenhour “Chuck D”

April 1, 2014

 Chuck D

As leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture. His messages address weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence. 

Chuck D is also a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He is featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary, Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, a retrospective of the group and its indelible impact on American music.Chuck D and Public Enemy were celebrated as one of the “fifty most important performers in rock & roll history” by Rolling Stone and were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.