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Centric Launches Black Music Month With 'Rebels Without A Pause: The Induction Ceremony Of Public Enemy'

June 1st, 2013 9:30am EDT
Public Enemy
Centric is celebrating Black Music Month throughout the month of June.  The thematic programming (an original concert documentary, music videos and special concerts) covers the vast range of talented musicians who have impacted today’s music and culture.

Kicking off the month is the never-before-seen Rebels "Without A Pause: The Induction Ceremony of Public Enemy" airing Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m. EST. Public Enemy, one of most influential hip hop groups of the late 80’s, is perhaps the most definitive rap group of all time. Assailing audiences with politically and socially conscious rhyme...
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Chuck D Pays Tribute To Adam Yauch, Says His Support For Public Enemy Was 'Unbelievable'

May 5th, 2012 6:28pm EDT
Chuck D
Public Enemy star Chuck D paid tribute to late hip-hop pioneer Adam Yauch on Friday after the Beastie Boys legend passed away after a long battle with throat cancer.

Chuck D attributes the trio from Brooklyn with helping put his group on the map.

"Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago," he tweeted. "They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then 'til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to los...
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No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...
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Chuck D Modeling Suits

December 20th, 2011 11:30pm EST
Chuck D
Rap icon Chuck D has turned fashion model to become the face of a California-based suit company.

The Public Enemy star has signed a deal with Naked Suits to promote the fine clothing designs and will feature in the firm's 2012 advertising campaign.

Brand manager Adisa Banjoko says, "We believe that in today's age, people are demanding both aesthetics and performance in everything from smart-phones to apparel.

"Naked Suits are for guys for whom high-performance is a way of life, from their athletic to their professional endeavors. Chuck D is that kind of man. He has influenced the music a...
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Chuck D Sues Universal Music Group For $100M

November 3rd, 2011 1:48pm EDT
Chuck D
Public Enemy star Chuck D has filed a $100 million lawsuit accusing bosses at his record label of owing him money from royalty payments.

The hip-hop icon - real name Carlton Douglas Ridenhour - claims executives at Universal Music Group have underpaid him and other artists in regard to digital downloads and ringtones.

He filed a class-action lawsuit against them in U.S. District Court in California on Tuesday, claiming Universal chiefs owe their artists "hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties," according to Reuters.

A statement from reps at the Universal Music Group, obtained by...
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Rapper Chuck D Not Impressed By Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

May 3rd, 2011 9:36am EDT
Chuck D
Rap icon Chuck D has urged his fellow Americans to stop celebrating the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, insisting the killing of "one dude in a cave" is nothing to shout about.

Patriots gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night, when news broke about a successful CIA mission in Pakistan which resulted in the death of the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on America.

Images of proud and relieved Americans waving flags and chanting "U-S-A" have been prominent on newscasts ever since President Barack Obama confirmed reports bin Laden had been killed.

Bu...
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Chuck D Leads Search For Young Female Rappers

February 5th, 2009 8:34pm EST
Chuck D
Public Enemy rapper Chuck D fears the hip-hop scene is dying because there's a lack of good female rappers. The performer-turned-label boss insists the industry needs new talent, and promises to spend 2009 pushing the careers of young wannabe women MCs.

He will start with up-and-comers Creww Grrl Order, who are signed to his label SLAMjamz.

Chuck D says, "In 09, my fighting the power is for women in hip-hop, especially groups, producers, songwriters, and label heads. There are very, very few all women rap groups. Less than we had 25 years ago."
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Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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Yeah Boyeee! Comedy Central To Roast Flavor Flav

May 22nd, 2007 9:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Comedy Central is spicing up this year's Roast with lots of "flava." Rapper and lova Flavor Flav may love NYC but LA is where all the haters will be! The time is ticking on Flavor Flav and his golden smile when he takes the throne as Comedy Central's newest Roastee.

"We only roast the ones we love -- and the world is clearly crazy about this guy. This event will be full of surprises as Flavor Flav is going to experience a whole new kind of love in this Roast," said Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president, specials and talent for Comedy Central.

Flavor Flav, born William J. Drayto...
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Check Out 17-Year-Old R&B Newcomer Lil Mama's "Lip Gloss"

February 24th, 2007 2:00am EST
Lil Mama
Many fail to realize that one of the beauties of Hip Hop and the key essence of its survival is the fact that it is an envelope pushing culture which constantly evolves. It is driven, inspired, and motivated by the youth who keep it fresh and energized. Hip Hop has shown that every great artist has made his/her mark and added to the chain of growth by creating a unique niche and following. The eclectic voice was brought by Outkast, Chuck D was the voice of the revolutionaries, and Jay-Z was the voice of the self-made hustlers just to name a few. It's been a while since we've heard an imp...
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New CD Reviews, October 31, 2006 (The Who, Lil' Wayne, Lady Sovereign, Deftones & more)

October 31st, 2006 12:02pm EST
The Who - Endless Wire
New releases this week include albums from legends The Who, a Cash Money collaboration featuring Birdman and Lil' Wayne, the debuts from pint-sized UK rapper Lady Sovereign and American Idol winner Kellie Pickler, plus many more. Keep reading for reviews & info on this week's new CDs...

Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
Public Warning is stunning, better than the hype machine could ever paint it, with jaw-dropping, busy production and sharp, spunky lyrics that whiz by and back up this pint-sized rebel's serious b-girl stance. Read review...

The Who - Endless Wire
No, Endless Wire is no...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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