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Chuck D To Become First Hip-Hop Artist To Receive The Woody Guthrie Prize

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Chuck D will receive the 2019 Woody Guthrie Prize for his bringing his political perspectives to his music, writings and activism. The Woody Guthrie Center will present the award to him on November 16th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Norman Lear, Mavis Staples and Pete Seeger are past recipients of the award. 

“Woody was a fighter for the people, and Chuck D’s message has consistently aligned with Woody’s: choose a side, fight the power and work for a better world,” said Deana McCloud, director of the Woody Guthrie Center.  “We are honored to recognize Chuck’s work as he shines a light on social and cultural issues through his words and encourages us all to take action for equality and justice. We know that Woody would be rapping right alongside him as he speaks truth to power.”

Chuck D helped found Public Enemy in 1985 and by 1987 their debut album Yo! Bum Rush The Show was released to critical acclaim. They immediately carved out their lane with pro-Black political content and agitational noise in their sound. Public Enemy would become one of the most important rap groups of the Golden Era with platinum and gold albums, heavy radio play, sold-out tours and the respect of their peers. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Chuck D has four solo albums, a memoir and he is currently a member of the supergroup Prophets Of Rage. He also wrote This Day In Rap Hip-Hop History. 

Chuck D’s Artmageddon Show Will Open January 12th At Shephard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects Gallery

Chuck D’s watercolor art will make its public debut January 12th at Shephard Fairey’s Subliminal Arts Gallery in Los Angeles. The show is a surprise because Chuck D is known as the founder of Public Enemy and a member of the Prophets Of Rage band. Artmageddon is the name of the exhibit and Chuck D said this in a press release: 

“Like hip-hop, visual art has the power to deliver a message with an explosive force. Shepard has created a space to remind us all that visual art has a voice, a place, an impact on the world we are living in.  It insists that you think and makes you feel. I’m humbled to have my work hang on the walls of Subliminal Projects.”

Chuck D’s visual art is in the permanent collection at The Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African American History And Culture. Last year the hip-hop legend released the solo album Celebration Of Ignorance. For more information on Subliminal Projects check out their website.  


Chuck D, Bishop Lamont & Mykill Miers Collaborate On I Rap Black

Chuck D, Bishop Lamont and Mykill Miers flex their voices on “I Rap Black” from Swedish producer Max I Millions’ forthcoming Maxtape Vol.1. They critique America’s classicism, the current trend of “being woke” and police brutality. Swedish DJs Create & Devastate mixed the song and the new project. Devastate passed away last month and is remembered at the opening of the song. Maxtape Vol.1 has a release date for sometime in the fall and there are features from CL Smooth, Skyzoo, Edo G and more.