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Chuck D Raps About Politics on New Radio Network
Yahoo!Entertainment ^ | 4/8/2004 | Kester Alleyne-Morris

Posted on 04/08/2004 9:12:31 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the founder of the groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D blended music and politics in hits like the 1989 anthem "Fight the Power."

Now he's "rapping" about politics on Air America Radio, a new and unabashedly liberal radio network.

His show "Unfiltered," which began this month in five markets, teams the rapper with comedian Lizz Winstead and radio veteran Rachel Maddow in a three-hour format that promises to examine the state of U.S. politics and culture.

The 43-year-old musician is promising to put his unique stamp on the show, using it to revitalize black political commentary.

"I was weaned as a young adult on black talk radio. It should never have disappeared from the landscape. So when Air America talked to me, I thought this could be the spark for more talk about the black situation," he said in an interview at the New York studios of Air America.

Davey D, author of a recent editorial in The Source magazine on the need for a liberal host accessible to the minority community, said the rapper has the right blend of street credibility and political consciousness to appeal to that particular demographic.

"Chuck D is a lightning rod. People will go out of their way to listen to him," said Davey D.

Still, this won't be your typical liberal show. "Don't think I'm going to be here just calling out the right," Chuck D said. "There's some things the left looks upon as being cool and hip that's derogatory to us as black people and I'll be addressing that on the show."

DIVERSITY OF GUESTS

Chuck D, born Carlton Ridenhour, said the show's emphasis would be on a diverse roster of guests.

"We'll have the Spike Lees and the Kevin Powells (an author and activist), but at the same time we want to bring people who are rarely heard."

In New York, Air America is broadcasting on an AM radio station, WLIB, that had been built around a music and Caribbean-focused format.

The irony of a network promising diverse opinions effectively co-opting a vibrant, if financially strapped, minority voice in the community is not lost on Chuck D.

"It's almost like you've been invited into somebody's house and they couldn't pay the rent and now you're inside but some of your friends are out on the street," the rapper said.

"Maybe my place here is to spark the conversation about why this was necessary, talk to those 25-year-olds who want to win concert tickets and tell them that this is something they should care about."

To that end, Chuck D said he would be open to inviting a wide range of people onto the show, including conservative Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox TV's "O'Reilly Factor" and rival of his Radio America cohort, Al Franken.

THE BLACK CNN

It's all about encouraging dialogue and understanding, he said.

"There are glaring mistakes in the way the left handles things so that makes it easy for people like Bill O'Reilly to come out and criticize," he said.

The man who once called rap music the "black CNN" said music would not be as important on "Unfiltered" as the political commentary, although he still wants to someday host a Top-20 hip hop countdown show.

Besides Franken, Chuck D shares the Air America airwaves with actress Janeane Garofalo (news), radio personality Mark Riley and talk veteran Randi Rhodes.

"Unfiltered" co-host Lizz Winstead said :"Everyone at Air America Radio thinks the administration is taking the country in the wrong direction. We just come at it in different ways."

Added Chuck D: "Whatever I do is a reflection of my convictions."

A similar conviction ran through Public Enemy's lyrics in the 1980s and 1990s, which, according to some, should make the show a success.

"If he brings that same passion to the radio, it's going to be good," said Adisa Banjoko, host of the West Coast Internet political culture show, "One Mic."

"Talk radio is a medium with a lot of talk but no action," said James Clingman, author of the weekly syndicated column "Blackonomics" and former editor of the Cincinnati Herald newspaper. "Chuck D speaks to a different audience (and) I hope this will spur people to action."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airamerica; airbagamerica; chuckd; hatewhitey; hiphop; liberaltalkradio; overrated; racistleft; rap; talkradio; unlistenable

1 posted on 04/08/2004 9:12:32 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist
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2 posted on 04/08/2004 9:14:41 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist
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To: RightWingAtheist
Five stations. Wow.

I wonder if you have to be as dumb as a cRapper to understand his drivel?

3 posted on 04/08/2004 9:15:10 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Is Fallujah gone yet?)
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To: RightWingAtheist
Yawwwwwwwn.....
4 posted on 04/08/2004 9:15:52 PM PDT by agitator (...And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark)
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5 posted on 04/08/2004 9:16:03 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Don't be a nuancy boy)
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To: RightWingAtheist
'Chuck D, born Carlton Ridenhour, said the show's emphasis would be on a diverse roster of guests.'

Meaning that they'll have obscure liberal windbags along with overexposed liberal windbags.That's liberal 'diversity' for you.

6 posted on 04/08/2004 9:22:57 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: RightWingAtheist; cyborg; NYC GOP Chick
Roosevelt raised, Hempstead and Freeport educated. Carleton Reinhour, aka Chuck D, nevertheless created It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back on of the few hip hop albums I ever liked. I prefer it more for Terminator X's expert DJing than for its politics.

Chuck D once cited Knicks commentator Marv Albert as an influence on his Rapping, I kid you not!

7 posted on 04/08/2004 9:31:19 PM PDT by Clemenza ("Knowledge is Good" --- Emil Faber, Founder of Faber College)
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To: Clemenza
Whoops, his name is spelled "Ridenhour." I need some more coffee.
8 posted on 04/08/2004 9:32:33 PM PDT by Clemenza ("Knowledge is Good" --- Emil Faber, Founder of Faber College)
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To: Clemenza
Chuck D once cited Knicks commentator Marv Albert as an influence on his Rapping, I kid you not!

Marv, or Marv's hair hat?

Hey, isn't it kind of early for you to be here tonight?! ;D

9 posted on 04/08/2004 9:33:59 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Clemenza
I love your Animal House tagline! :D
10 posted on 04/08/2004 9:34:58 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: RightWingAtheist
They can dress it up any way they want. Liberal Talk raido is still a crippled freak show going no where. But HEY let them waste time and money there rather then running political ads that might have some impact
11 posted on 04/08/2004 9:52:57 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Vote Bush 2004-We have the solutions, Kerry Democrats? Nothing but slogans.)
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To: RightWingAtheist
"I was weaned as a young adult on black talk radio. It should never have disappeared from the landscape."

Black community talk radio can be found here:

1430AM KCOH

Houston's oldest black owned radio station (over 50 years old).

KCOH Radio is the oldest black radio station in Texas as well as the southern portion of the United States. Established in 1953, KCOH began broadcasting from downtown Houston in the M&M building. In 1963, a new studio was built at the corner of Wichita and Alameda that has been the home of KCOH ever since. Recognized as a forerunner in black radio stations, KCOH has been the first in the field to include talk show programming, gospel and many other types of shows with their urban listeners in mind.

I don't think that Chuck D would agree with morning host Michael Harris, who is routinely hassled by Democrat callers as being "Bush's boy" and other derisive comments by modern democrats who can't believe that a man, a minister, can be black AND have conservative views.

Govenor Rick Perry at the KCOH Radio Station with Michael Harris. Govenor Perry is the the first sitting governor to appear on "Person to Person", answering phone in calls from KCOH listeners.

The website streams audio using Real Player.

12 posted on 04/08/2004 9:53:17 PM PDT by weegee (Maybe Urban Outfitters should sell t-shirts that say "Voting Democrat is for Old Dead People.")
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To: Clemenza
Maybe Chuck meant to say "Herb Alpert" and not "Marv Albert":

Listen to the Whipped Cream remixes (a 2-sided vinyl single) by The Evolution Control Committee. It puts Chuck's raps over Herb Alpert and the Tia Juana Brass.

Another single they released has Dan Ratherbiased listing atrocities ("rocked by rape") over AC/DC's Back In Black riff.

13 posted on 04/08/2004 9:58:17 PM PDT by weegee (Maybe Urban Outfitters should sell t-shirts that say "Voting Democrat is for Old Dead People.")
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To: Clemenza
Educated in the corruptionally diseased Hempstead School District? That explains a lot, where half the student body doesn't show up for school. Chuck D's listenership hold themselves back. I feel a tirade coming on *LOL* so I'll shut up now.
14 posted on 04/08/2004 9:58:19 PM PDT by cyborg (GO CONDI GO!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; weegee
From Rolling Stone's review of Fear of a Black Planet:

Meanwhile, Chuck D. challenged listeners to question their assumptions about white America and the black community with a booming baritone voice (he said that his biggest vocal influence was sports announcer Marv Albert), while his friend and comic sidekick William Drayton (who became Flavor Flav as he donned ridiculous sunglasses and hung a giant clock around his neck) deftly tap-danced through the mix, cracking wise and seconding his pal's heaviest pronouncements ("Yeee-ah!").

There you go...

15 posted on 04/08/2004 10:11:12 PM PDT by Clemenza ("Knowledge is Good" --- Emil Faber, Founder of Faber College)
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To: cyborg
BTW: Chuck also attended Adelphi University, which produces a disproportionate number of Long Island public school teachers.
16 posted on 04/08/2004 10:12:59 PM PDT by Clemenza ("Knowledge is Good" --- Emil Faber, Founder of Faber College)
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To: Clemenza

17 posted on 04/08/2004 10:14:27 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Clemenza
No wonder the public schools there blow...
18 posted on 04/08/2004 10:14:46 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: MNJohnnie
They can dress it up any way they want.

You can polish a turd all you want, but its still a turd.

19 posted on 04/08/2004 11:31:15 PM PDT by buzzsaw6 (a Bright light in a Dem district!)
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To: Clemenza
I still prefer Chuck D's work with Herb Alpert (even if neither performer consented to the songs).
20 posted on 04/09/2004 1:58:54 AM PDT by weegee (Maybe Urban Outfitters should sell t-shirts that say "Voting Democrat is for Old Dead People.")
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To: weegee
Chuck D used to work for FNC back in the first couple of years it was around.... I kid you not. heh heh

Public Enemy was notorious for looping samples throughout the entirity of their songs.

21 posted on 04/09/2004 2:14:12 AM PDT by GOPyouth (De Oppresso Liber! The Tyrant is captured!)
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To: Clemenza
This is the unfortunate part of rap, even rap I liked.

Unlike some on this board, I do see racial elements to some things. For instance, the reaction of black athletes on the field of play in football, as well as the ubiquitous, "He speaks so well" when referring to blacks.

That said, I can't abide Chuck D's politics, though I know that he has the pair to stand on his own ground, or at least he did, even if I disagreed with him. I always got the feeling that if you were to speak with him at length and be forceful in your views, you'd get a modicum of respect from him.

BTW, I remember Lizz Winstead-mostly from Comedy Central and I think a show or two over the years. She's in on this "air american" nonsense? Oy.
22 posted on 04/09/2004 2:39:25 AM PDT by Skywalk (You thought I was play-pimpin', didncha?)
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To: Clemenza
I prefer it more for Terminator X's expert DJing

Terminator X is the man! I love the way he weaves wild sounds like sirens or crowds into his mixes. As groundbreaking in his way as Grandmaster Flash.
23 posted on 04/09/2004 2:47:19 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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