Chuck D

“Music and culture brings us together as human beings. That’s our similarity, and knocks our stupid-ass differences to the side.”

Hometown: Queens, NYC
Labels: Def Jam

Chuck D

A bona fide icon, Chuck D’s raw, booming declarations of socially charged resistance became a soundtrack for young generations of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Hailing from Long Island, New York, Chuck’s upbringing was shaped by the struggles of the civil-right’s-era African American experience. For Chuck and his family, music and culture provided answers where society couldn’t.

It’s no secret that Public Enemy is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated and energetic voices. What’s less known, however, is that they were champions of the digital distribution vanguard (Their 1999 album There’s a Poison Goin on marked the first full-length online release from a major artist).

Though more of an MC than a DJ, it’s this ethos of challenging the status quo and connecting directly with the people that makes Chuck D such a compelling and important artist for Serato. Chuck, we salute you.

12” Serato x Public Enemy Shut Em Down Pressing (Pair)
Available on the online store

Video with Serato

The hip hop don talks to Serato about being an Earthizen, Rick Rubin, and spearheading the digital distribution game.