Chuck D has paved the way for politically and socially charged hip-hop both as a solo artist and as founder and leader of the group Public Enemy, and has written our first-ever chronological history of the hip-hop genre. This encyclopedia will offer first-hand experiences with hip-hop and rap legends along with an accurate historical timeline of important events.
The book begins all the way back through the days of Curtis Blow’s Christmas Rappin to NWA’s Straight Outta Compton to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. It gives us an insiders perspective on historical events such as Tupac’s holographic appearance at Coachella and the recording of Rapper’s Delight.
Public Enemy was a hip-hop group in the mid – 1980’s that produced socially and politically charged albums, all of which have received either gold or platinum status. Their entire body of work has been named the most acclaimed body of work ever by a hip-hop act. They were ranked 44 on Rolling Stone’s list of Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time, and were even inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. The success of the group led to many other hip-hop artists expressing afro-centric themes and politically charged lyrics about the experience of black youth in America.
The legendary Chuck D will provide readers with a first-hand industry professional’s look into the chronological history of hip-hop: the now multi-billion dollar industry that has crossed from music into art, movies, and mainstream media. The book will be released in October but can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.