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Chuck D Says Hip-hop Has Dried Up


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Chuck D believes a decline in hip-hop music has rejuvenated the industry.

The Public Enemy icon has described rap music as a ''crumbling artform'' in his 1997 book 'Fight the Power', and previously suggested it shifted from the hands of the artist to possession of the ''corporate'' bosses.

Speaking to Billboard this week, he said: ''It's been culturally strip-mined to the point where the mountain of what the music is isn't being rejuvenated.

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B-Real Has Joined The Champions In Prophets Of Rage


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B-Real has described joining Prophets of Rage as being drafted for a ''world championship'' sports team.

The Cypress Hill rapper - who is part of the politically charged supergroup also featuring members of Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy - explained that while he is still very much a part of the 'Insane in the Membrane' hitmakers, he couldn't turn down the chance to be part of something so special.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, he said: ''It's much like football. You've got your regional teams and then they ask the best players to come and play for the national team - the all-stars. That's what this is. We still play for Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, but when it's time to go for the world championship it's Prophets of Rage.''

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Public Enemy Hitch A Lift With Fan To Sheffield Gig After Taxi Mix-Up


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A fan had to come to the rescue in Sheffield when legendary rappers Public Enemy were left stranded after a taxi mix-up nearly forced them to miss their arena gig. Kevin Wells, a local photographer, saved the day on Saturday when he offered the group a lift in his Ford Focus, ensuring they made the gig on time.

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Chuck D And DJ Lord To Headline Afropunk Fest 2013


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Afropunk Fest 2013

Afropunk Fest is set to return to Brooklyn this year with a killer line-up celebrating the best of African Punk in recent history.

The festival will take place at Commodore Barry Park from August 24th - 25th and is currently in its ninth year since making its debut in 2005. Not only will the weekend see some incredible acts from the likes of Public Enemy's Chuck D alongside DJ Lord, California's Trash Talk and Questlove, but Afropunk will also be hosting their Rise + Shine yoga class, unveil their giant canvas Art Wall, filling you up with a wide variety of worldwide cuisine from tacos to lobster rolls, and their brilliantly unique bike show featuring a selection of custom motorcycle designs.

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Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap Trailer


Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing; how their lifestyle and previously buried literary talents created a culture that has inspired millions. The frontman of rap/ metal band Body Count Ice-T takes his audience on the road to visit the founding fathers, the major superstars and the rising stars of the rap genre including Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and discover the skill and feeling behind what has made them international music heroes. One of the frequent interviewees is Grandmaster Caz who we are taken to visit on several occasions as he writes a new set of rhymes called 'The Art Of Rap'.

Directed by Ice-T with help from Andy Baybutt, 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' is a feature length music documentary delving into what goes into making the seminal hip hop records that have dominated music since the late '70s. It came about when producer Paul Toogood asked Ice-T the simplest of question which the star had never before been asked: How did he write seminal tracks such as '6 In The Mornin' and 'Colors'? 

Featuring: Common, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nas, Kanye West, Darryl McDaniels, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane

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PICTURES: Greatest Hits Set Seals Storming Freeze Festival Finale By Public Enemy


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Public Enemy Performing At The Freeze Festival in London

Public Enemy brought the house down at the Freeze Festival in London, as they closed the event on Saturday (October 27, 2012) with a greatest hits set that saw the rap troupe take in songs like 'Don't Believe The Hype', 'Timebomb' and 'Bring The Noise'. Flavor Fav hasn't had the best of months, having been arrested for domestic battery assault after an incident with his girlfriend, but outwardly at least he seemed to be in good spirits as he hooked up with Chuck D to ensure the UK crowd didn't go home disappointed. 

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