New York, NY: Chuck D: Hip Hop Artist, Social Activist, Political Commentator, Talk Radio Host, so many distinguished credits associated with one man. Now, Chuck can be tagged with one more, as we are proud to announce his Ambassadorship for Record Store Day 2014.
As leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip-hop culture. His lyrics addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence. At the close of 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back to their list of the “25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century” and in May 2005 the Library of Congress included Fear of a Black Planet in a list of 50 recordings worthy of preserving in the National Recording Registry, and most auspiciously, last year, Public Enemy were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Over the course of PE’s illustrious, nearly three-decade career, they have clocked over 78 tours, performing over 2000 concerts to fans in 80 countries and have three albums that are certified multi-platinum, three more gold, four gold singles and a platinum-selling home video. We can’t help but be proud that independent record stores worldwide, such as those celebrated Record Store Day over the past seven years, have helped
Says Chuck D on his appointment, “Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don’t go 1 single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, have simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording.”
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”
In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It’s worth a great try, let’s do this…”
See you on April 19, 2014 as we celebrate the culture of the indie record store with Chuck D!