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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Chuck D on hip-hop, rapper, haters, blacks, racism, America, unity, oppression, jail, relations, writing, inspiring and race.

49 Notable Quotes By Chuck D

Quick Facts

Famous As: Rapper

Born On: August 1, 1960

Born In: Queens, New York

Founder / Co Founder: Slam Jamz

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.
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Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps

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I think governments are the cancer of civilization.

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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.

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Minds are the real estate of the 21st century.

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I'd rather be hated for what I am than to be loved for what I'm not.

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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.

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You can't master time, but you have to work your hardest to manage it.

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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.

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I spread the message of hope and of unity. That's what gets me up in the morning. I can tell you what is wrong, but I can't tell you how to fix it. I'm a raptivist, not a politician. I deal in hope.

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I think right about now we have to beware of marketed Malcolms and Martins. Real people do real things.

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The Internet was a saving grace for promoting and exposing, and even creating. It's a parallel world to the music industry that already exists, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

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Minds are the real estate of the millenium

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Rap is supposed to be about keeping it real and not relinquishing your roots in the community. Without that, it's just posturing. Somebody who claims to speak for the 'hood don't need no private jet.

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Crucifixon ain't no fiction

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My mother went to university, my father didn't. But they are very educated, very wise people. My father went to the military, so he's worldly.

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My daughter's 19. I'm not asking her to develop as an artist. I'm just asking her to develop as a full person, human being.

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One of the problems with hip hop is lack of infrastructure and not being able to control its own course. I don't like that hip hop is full of infantile 35-year-olds. Hip hop cannot afford to be lazy.

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I've signed with major labels, and I haven't had any control over the money.

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I totally hate when somebody takes a classic and desecrates it. I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to 'Kashmir' was a debacle.

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I'm recording freely, and if I make a song, I release it immediately, so I'm more likely to believe in one song at a time as opposed to albums.

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Public Enemy is the security of the hip-hop party.

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I like Rick Ross as a person. I like Jay-Z and Kanye West as people. But I hate the companies that they record for.

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I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from.

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You're always going to sound like yourself, but you can make really strong attempts to keep some similarities, but move away from what you did before for popularity's sake.

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Never try to make the same record twice, even when people are screaming for the same sound.

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I think traveling the world has helped to keep Public Enemy alive. We've never solely depended on the United States.

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What made me want to become a recording artist; I was the first artist that was repeatedly asked by a label to record with them. That label was Def Jam Records.

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I think too much of the music industry is for the lawyer and accountant mentality.

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People aren't going to support an artist just because they have an audio file. They have to feel a real connection.

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When you travel the world, you have to watch and you have to listen. We're not going to come in to Ireland without an understanding that there's a history that's very sensitive.

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I think the Internet was the saving grace for Public Enemy. Before that, travelling the world saved Public Enemy.

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The Illuminati is just the evil, 'nameless' people who are behind governments.

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I'm a multi-tasker. I was down with that stuff before they invented the term.

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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.'

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I'd rather have a hundred thousand or a million people saying I'm nuts and I'm crazy for my musical choices and what I've said lyrically, than a million people all raising their hand on the first day.

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Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.

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Downloadable music is the biggest musical phenomenon since the Beatles, and the music industry is slow to come to grips with that.

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Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture. DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it.

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People are so confused about race and hip-hop that people didn't even consider the Beastie Boys one of the greatest rap groups of all time because they were white.

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I grew up as a sports fan, and I know that a hall of fame is very different than an award for being the best of the year. It's a nod to the longevity of our accomplishment.

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Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and when people start getting it confused, that means they need to sit down with some real people.

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Rappers should just be able to perform what they create and satisfy the people that like and love them.

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Government and culture are two diametrically opposed forces - the one blinds and oppresses, the other uplifts and unites.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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