Throwback: Chuck D-No

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Chuck D released his first record “Check Out The Radio” in the early ’80’s under the group name of Spectrum City. The Roosevelt, Long Island native was a student at Adelphi University and “Check Out The Radio” was a song from his Public Enemy #1 mixtape. He was the co-host of a hip-hop radio show at the school’s WBAU station and a graphic design major. The station’s former program director Bill Stephney was instrumental in getting Chuck D to Def Jam after Rick Rubin heard the “Public Enemy Number One” single from Andre “Doctor Dre” Brown. Chuck D recruited Spectrum City members Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Professor Griff and Eric Sadler in addition to friends Flavor Flav and Terminator X to make the official lineup of Public Enemy. The band released the pivotal albums Yo! Bum Rush The Show, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of A Black Planet during the Golden Age of hip-hop making them the most political hip-hop act to go mainstream and presented a kind of agitational noise not heard before. In 1996 Chuck D released his solo album The Autobiography of Mistachuck and “No” is from that effort. In 1999 he launched the rap site Rapstation.com a multi-platform content website to showcase global hip-hop. Public Enemy’s leader is a regular speaker at colleges, an author, a regular collaborator with a host of cross-genre artists and continues to record and tour with Public Enemy. Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp is the group’s 11th studio album and it was released July 13, 2012.

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