Monday, January 18, 2021

RADIOSCOPE RAW Podcast: Our Uncut 1989 Interview with Chuck D of Public Enemy

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Members of the band Public Enemy in 1987, the year the group recorded the album It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. Shown are Chuck D (Carlton Riderhour, center right) and Flavor Flav (William Drayton, center left), along with Terminator X (Norman Rogers, back left) and Professor Griff (Richard Griffin, front right).(Jack Mitchell / Getty Images)

*Episode 9 of the RadioScope Raw podcast features our 1989 interview with Chuck D of Public Enemy.

The rapper talks about being at the forefront of the Black pride movement in hip hop following the crossover popularity of their album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” why he things so many young white kids are obsessed with the group, and everything you never knew you wanted to know about their 1989 anthem “Fight the Power.”

Chuck D also talks at length about the controversy surrounding the firing of P.E.’s Minister of Information, Professor Griff over anti-Semitic remarks, his distrust of the media at the root of the group’s track “Don’t Believe the Hype” and his excitement over their upcoming album “Fear of a Black Planet.”

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