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POP MUSIC Public Enemy's Chuck D: Puttin' on the Rap
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Hilburn, Robert
Date: Feb 7, 1988
Start Page: 63
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

So one might assume that [Chuck D] also has a clarification ready for the attack on black radio programmers and, more important, for the apparent endorsement of controversial Black Muslim minister Louis Farrakhan that appears on a new Public Enemy track, "Bring on the Noise." The track, which appears on the "Less Than Zero" sound-track album, has been released as a single by Def Jam Records, which is distributed by Columbia.

This time, Chuck D says no defense is in order. The song is a challenge to black radio programmers who, he says, avoid playing Public Enemy's music because it's "too black or too political." And the Farrakhan line-"Farrakhan's a prophet that I think you oughta listen to"-is not a metaphor for anything.

Chuck D's eyes sparkle when he begins listing some of his favorite early rap records-from Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" to Run-D.M.C.'s "Sucker MCs." His own music incorporates some of the dynamics of those records with the radical, socially conscious tradition of groups like the Last Poets. The other members of Public Enemy are Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and Terminator.

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