I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from.— Chuck D
The most delightful Chuck D quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding don't come out of the microwave.
You got to keep moving forward because the evil doesn't sleep.
Culture is this thing that we can exchange among ourselves as human beings to knock aside our differences and build upon our similarities. Cultural exchange is the ultimate exchange.
I got a letter from the government the other day I opened and read it...it said they were suckers.
Rap comes from the humble beginnings of rebelling against the status quo.
Now, rappers have become the status quo themselves. You can't rebel against the Queen and then become the Queen yourself. I attribute much of the blame to testosterone-male dominance and patriarchy.
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.
When culture is created in boardrooms with a panel of six or seven strategists for the masses to follow, to me that is no different than an aristocracy. It's not created from the people in the middle of the streets, so to speak. It is created from a petri dish for the sake of making money, and it is undermining the longevity of the culture.
The best way to boycott is to build your own
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.
Never have so many men treated women like our foes.
They call 'em hoes, but they might as well call them foes, 'cause you are totally against the existence of somebody who should live their life as an equal human being. If not, any man knows, it's like we're not equal. You know, women are usually a little better than us.
The best American is one who considers themselves as a citizen of the world.
No matter what the name, we're all the same pieces in one big chess game.
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.
Comin' from the school of hard knocks, Some perpetrate.
..they drink Clorox. Attack the black, cause I know they lack exact The cold facts, and still they try to Xerox.
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.
Today, a young person that doesn't know themselves will totally be sold some other situation. Let's do your avatar. You know? And young people are going out, spending what little they have to try to buy themselves when they don't have themselves, or they feel like they don't have themselves. To me, that's like a damn pimp tragedy.
And when I say it, they get alarmed... 'Cause I'm louder than a bomb.
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.
With black people, there are 50 Hitlers over the course of history.
Let the voice be the voice of the voiceless and let it come from the world of rap music to keep the stereotype and the peace at the same time.
Public Enemy is the security of the hip-hop party.
McDonald's offers a king's ransom to any hip-hop artist who is able to put Big Mac into a song. MTV - and more to the point, Viacom - is succeeding in extending a teenage life to twenty-nine or even thirty-one years old. It is about extending this market and removing any intelligent substance in the music.
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'm not a U.S. citizen. I mean, I'm an earth-izen. Borderline policies are crap to me.
My thing is, the older you get you gotta stand up for what you believe in, and keep bashin' away.
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.
Try to do your best to look people in the eye and talk to them without a gadget being in between you all the time.
I never live alone, I never walk alone. My posse's always ready And they're waitin' in my zone.
One side of the street is a Church; across the road is a liquor store. Both of 'em keepin us poor.
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.
A lot of artists have been persuaded into doing whatever they can do to gain attention. The media, of course, will position and promote the worst of them to the front page. The sidewalk to crime becomes the marketing campaign. These artists have seen it work and sell millions and millions of records for other artists.
Slavery was incredibly prosperous for some people, at that time.
It was not a bad business plan, but it was terrible and inhumane. But as a business it worked.
I think traveling the world has helped to keep Public Enemy alive.
We've never solely depended on the United States.
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.
I don't have any exteriors that would actually put me into some kind of different air that would actually intimidate somebody to stay away from me.
Oh, America is slipping away from the rest of the consciousness of the planet - slipping away.
Where else can you go with respect to the work, lyrics, and message of the music? If you are past high school age, you can get by with saying very little the first or second time around. However, after a while you know you are going to have to say something beyond high school stuff.
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.
A visit to the hood through a record, or through a video, or through a film, is a lot safer than actually visiting the people in real life. It became a business model. It became a revenue engine that, you know, you can get to the hood without ever going there.
Most artists are always fighting for their fame.
They have that fear, like the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind." They need to keep themselves out there. I have never had that fear. If I have any fear, it's not doing enough to reach people.
A lot of the post-1977 dancefloor disco sounds had their place at one time, but you can't bring them back unless you bring back a floor.
I don't believe that everybody is out of some kind of cookie cutter, so the thing that protects me is always being level with myself, even to myself.
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.
I think too much of the music industry is for the lawyer and accountant mentality.
Alternative spaces, independent media, satellite, these all provide some tools by which we can work more independently and deal more directly with communities we hope to reach. Distribution is key, and finding alternative ways to do that with new media is critical.
I'm envious of the way that electronic dance music has organised itself.
It has been able to understand what it ain't rather than what it is. And I think that slipped away from hip-hop as soon as the DJs lost the majority of the say so in the direction of the music.
You can actually take your pain and processes it into some kind of form of art.
So I mean, I've easily always been able to do that, but also I've always been able to give myself perspective - or, you know, older people always give you perspective.
If you want to be an artist, truly try to write what you believe, and if you write when you don't believe then you should try to become an actor.
Every time something tries to create respect with a machine it crumbles!
Once you think bigger than yourself then the cause becomes the issue if you think on a higher plain you can come together to work on our problems.