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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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Rush, Heart And Donna Summer Among 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

December 11th, 2012 8:57pm EST
Rush
Finally! Canadian progressive rock gods Rush are heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The prolific trio -- bassist/singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart -- formed in 1968 and released their self-titled debut album in 1974. They never broke up, save for a five year hiatus beginning in the late 1990s; and just released their 19th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", earlier this year to rave reviews.

The band made it in on their first try; but one would never know that after the yearly outpouring of disdain for the institution by fans after repeated snu...
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Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' Tops Rolling Stone's Hip-Hop Song List

December 6th, 2012 9:20am EST
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Rolling Stone magazine just named Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's rap anthem "The Message" the Greatest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time.

The 1982 hit beat out favorites such as the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force. Also making the top five: Run-DMC's "Sucker M.C.'s" and "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" by the Geto Boys.

Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," NWA's "Straight Outta Compton," and Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid In Full" complete the top 10.

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Flavor Flav Facing Jail Time Over Child Support Case

May 27th, 2012 11:01am EDT
CELEBNAME
Rapper Flavor Flav is facing a stint in jail after he failed to show up for a court hearing in New York this week.

The Public Enemy star is accused of failing to pay child support to Angie Parker from Albany County, New York, who is mother to three of his kids, and he was due to appear in court there to address the matter.

However, Flavor Flav - real name William Drayton, Jr. - did not attend the hearing and the Albany County Court magistrate recommended a 180-day jail sentence for the star, while his driver's license and passport will also be revoked, according to the New York Daily New...
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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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Flavor Flav: 'No One In My Family Called The Cops On My Daughter'

January 31st, 2012 3:50pm EST
Flavor Flav
Hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav has jumped to his daughter Dazayna's defense following her arrest at the family's home over the weekend, insisting the drama was "a big misunderstanding."

Officials were called to the rapper's Las Vegas residence after an argument between the 19 year old and her stepbrother allegedly turned violent.

Early reports suggested the rapper got caught in the crossfire while trying to break up the fight, which prompted law enforcement officers to take the teenager into custody for misdemeanor battery on Sunday. She has since been released.

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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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Ice-T Slams Modern Hip-Hop Music

September 19th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
Ice-T
Veteran rapper Ice-T is disappointed by the quality of modern hip-hop music and fears younger charts stars are just writing songs about "jewelry and cars."

The rapper/actor, who began his music career in the 1980s, is adamant the next generation of hip-hop wannabes should go back to their roots and rap about issues that matter, rather than focusing on trivia in their lyrics.

He tells Vibe magazine, "I want to see some little motherf**kers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, "F**k this jewelry and cars bulls**t,' and bring it back to Armageddon! Do...
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Sunset Strip Festival Kicks Off With Motley Crue Comedy Roast

August 16th, 2011 11:45pm EDT
Motley Crue
Rockers Motley Crue will kick start this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival by becoming the butt of jokes and funny anecdotes at Hollywood's House of Blues.

Famous fans like comedian Dane Cook and New York Dolls frontman David Johansen will join Neil Strauss, who co-wrote the band's bestselling biography "The Dirt," for a comedy roast on Thursday night.

Drummer Tommy Lee says, "I have no idea what they will say, but it's bound to be sometimes serious, sometimes funny and also probably shocking."

Motley Crue will also close this year's festival on Saturday, when they'll receive the event'...
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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.

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Flavor Flav Settles Traffic Cases

May 2nd, 2011 10:12pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rapper Flavor Flav has settled his outstanding legal issues following his arrest in Las Vegas on Friday.

The Public Enemy star, real name William Drayton, Jr., was pulled over by a cop for a routine traffic violation, but a search of his name turned up four outstanding warrants for the hip-hop veteran, each stemming from vehicular charges.

He was booked and released, but Flav was left angered by the police stop, and has hit out at the arresting officer for allegedly trying to "make a name for himself" by booking a famous face.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "I got pulled...
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Flavor Flav Plans To Bring His Fried Chicken To Vegas

April 24th, 2011 3:45pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav is expanding plans to take his fast food franchise to Las Vegas - the new venture will be a megastore featuring a restaurant, a bar and a stage for live music.

The Public Enemy star launched Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa in January and he recently sealed a deal to open a second spot at The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Sin City.

But the rapper's latest project will be on a much grander scale - Flavor Flav's House of Flavor will boast food, drinks and memorabilia, as well as a recording studio and a stage.

Construction on the building will begin on Monday...
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Flavor Flav: 'Colonel Sanders, You Better Watch Out'

January 24th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav is waging war on fast food giant KFC after opening his first fried chicken restaurant in Clinton, Iowa - right next door to a branch of the established chain.

The Public Enemy star launched Flav's Fried Chicken in the city on Monday and he's already planning to expand the business and turn it into a U.S.-wide brand to compete with KFC and its animated spokesman, Colonel Sanders.

He says, "I always said to myself, 'Colonel Sanders, you better watch out. Your boy Flavor Flav is coming and you better watch out."

The hip-hop star acknowledges he's stepping out o...
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Flavor Flav Set To Release Memoir

December 28th, 2010 5:33pm EST
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav is set to add author to his resume - the rapper is putting pen to paper to write his life story.

The MC, one of the founding members of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy, is set to release his autobiography, Icon, in March next year.

In the memoir, Flavor Flav - real name William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. - will reflect on his rap career, his struggle with drug abuse, and his reality TV success, according to XXLMag.com.

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Flavor Flav Launching Vodka And Chicken Range

November 18th, 2010 3:31pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav has become the latest hip-hop star to enter the alcohol industry - he's launching a range of flavored vodkas. The Public Enemy star has been working on Le Flav Spirits and is aiming to have the liquors on the market early next year.

He says, "I want you all to keep on the look out. It should be on the shelves by January... I'm coming out with a cherry vodka, a berry vodka, an olive vodka, a sweet tea vodka, a bubblegum vodka and a grape vodka."

And Flav is already planning to expand the collection: "Also, I'm coming out with Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav...
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Flavor Flav Behind On Child Support Payments

February 15th, 2010 1:22pm EST
Flavor Flav Behind On Child Support Payments
Rap veteran Flavor Flav has played down reports he owes his ex-girlfriend more than $63,000 in child support payments, insisting he's been making frequent contributions to pay for their kids' education. Angie Parker, mom to three of Flav's seven children, won a court judgment in January to increase the Public Enemy star's monthly checks from $117 to $837.72.

The ruling was made to include their third kid, who was born years after their original child support agreement in 1996. The new deal, which is expected to cover the youngsters' tuition at a private school, was retroactive to 2008, ...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
Radiohead
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...
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Spotlight On The Worst Celebrity Couples Ever

February 12th, 2009 10:22am EST
Worst Celebrity Couples
Valentine's Day is almost here, and many couples are showing their love by buying flowers, going to dinner, or kissing and hugging each other. Other couples are showing their love by fighting, calling the cops, or filing divorce papers. This is what some of the worst celebrity couples have done in the past. These celebrity couples were either odd or dysfunctional. And some of them were a match made in iell.

In honor of Valentine's Day, let's take a look at some of the worst celebrity couples ever.

10. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Famous for their appearances on MTV's reali...
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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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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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The Bush Administration: A Musical Tribute

January 14th, 2009 9:21am EST
George W. Bush
It's been a long eight years for America…longer for some than others (see New Orleans). Luckily, we have some very creative musical artists out there suffering along with us. For them, the first amendment is expressed through their music.

These 30 selections may relate to the War in Iraq, the Katrina debacle, our shaky mantle as "The Greatest Country In The World," our desire to have a President smarter than us (see "nucular"), and the list goes on.

As we all hopefully look forward to our next President, let's take one last look back (and good-bye) at George W. Bush, and some so...
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No Costume Necessary: Stars With Freaky Everyday Looks

October 29th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Jocelyn Wildenstein
Marilyn Manson: Powdery white skin. Jet-black hair. No smile on his crimson lips or in his smoky, contact-lensed eyes. Proud of his freak show persona and wearing alienation like a badge of honor, musician and artist Marilyn Manson (nee Brian Warner) has an everyday look fit for a séance. Though he caused the stir when he burst onto the music scene in the 90's, his signature skinny black suits have now been co-opted by Emo kids and Pete Wentz has him beat when it comes to eyeliner. Even if his ghoulish look no longer shocks, no question the man is haunted: His 1997 autobiography was entitl...
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Is This Really Our Reality? Nominees For The Worst Reality Shows

June 4th, 2008 8:45am EDT
The Moment of Truth
With the summer television season just around the corner, the influx of new reality shows about to inundate our small screens is just about inevitable. With gems like "Farmer Wants A Wife" or "The Greatest American Dog" set to hit primetime, we can be breathe a little sigh of relief that at least they can't possibly be as bad as some of reality shows past...or so we hope.

Miss Rap Supreme

In 2005, USC professor Todd Boyd made a prediction to his students that the next big thing in hip-hop was going to be a white, female MC. Three years later the infamous MC Serch branded EgoTrip an...
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Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...
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Saul Williams Launches Tour; Watch His Cover Of U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'

January 29th, 2008 9:00pm EST
Saul Williams
The Fader Label, the recording branch of The Fader, today announced Saul Williams' thirty-stop live tour in support of his recent release, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Kicking off March 12th at Austin's SXSW, Saul Williams' 'The Tar Spangled Banner Tour' will consist of both live musical performances as well as spoken word events in select cities.

Produced by Trent Reznor, the critically acclaimed record was hailed by Rolling Stone as "arresting and intelligent." Jon Pareles of The New York Times praises the album, "[NiggyTardust's] sense of impending mayhem ha...
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Saul Williams Discusses New Album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust'

November 21st, 2007 12:44pm EST
Saul Williams
Saul Williams's The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is all about, "Transcending those labels, borders, and boundaries that pigeonhole us." Saul manages to do this not just in the album's concept or its genre defying sound, but by releasing the album straight to the public for either the low price of five dollars or for free. In this Starpulse Q and A, Williams elucidates the album's deeper meaning and reveals that Niggy's got more in common with Parliament's Starchild than Bowie's starman, a truly funky development.

How do you feel about people's reaction and receptio...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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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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