Chuck D is an American rapper who has made his mark in the genre of hip-hop. He is also renowned as a producer and an author. He aims to motivate his fellow Afro-Americans to defeat all the discriminations and raise their life to new heights. He has also fallen prey to some controversies for his powerful lyrics but was able to brush them off successfully. In some of his songs, he has discouraged the use of guns and drugs by the black community. On the other side, he has also stood for the arrest of innocent blacks and has always encouraged them to bring out their artistic talents. He was interested in music since childhood and took part in various hip-hop events during high school. He started off his music career with ‘Top Black Albums Chart’ where he led his group ‘Public Enemy’. He followed up with various successful albums which attracted masses towards hip-hop music. Here are some insurgent quotations and sayings by the popular artist which have been excerpted from his writings, tweets, interviews, lyrics, work, thoughts and life. Read on the revolutionary quotes and thoughts by Chuck D.
Being positive is like going up a mountain. Being negative is like sliding down a hill. A lot of times, people want to take the easy way out, because it's basically what they've understood throughout their lives.
We don't see the people who are doing real things getting enough props. We often see politicians who are everywhere but nowhere at the same goddamn time. You know the kind of person: You see them everywhere on television but nowhere in front of your face.
A lot of times black folks look for love in all the wrong places. You're always looking for somebody to love you, be accepted, and there's the insecurities that are even transmitted through rap. Everyone is trying to aim to please too much.
There are too many leaders anointed because they have a public voice - television, radio, or record, or whatever. That even includes myself. In the past, I'd say, 'Don't anoint me when you can anoint yourself.'
You should be a person inside the world with knowledge of your terrain. And if you lock yourself into the 2,000-by-3,000-square-mile, lower-48 box of the United States, you're going to be frustrated by its limitations. You gotta think outside the box.
I was inspired by the classic rock radio of the Seventies. They separated Chuck Berry and the Beatles from the Led Zeppelins and Bostons and Peter Framptons of the time. In many ways, classic rock became bigger than mainstream rock.
Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid.
I believe that, artistically and culturally, the free radio air should be able to support local artists of whatever genre. Play 40 percent of your local artists; don't suck up to major labels to the point where you neglect your own locale.
The immediacy of the technology of the web allows us, as songwriters, to write something very sharp and quick. That has a lot to do with helping a songwriter be more reflective of reality, instead of being in an area where you have to process things. It's the difference between processing fish and catching it in a boat.
You have to wait for people to program you. The only difference is the amount of people that you're going to reach but that's going to even out in the next two or three years anyway. Computers are being bought faster than televisions right now.