In Livin' Loud, Public Enemy founder, hip-hop pioneer and revolutionary activist, Chuck D, presents a body of art, each piece reflective of the man behind the music, alongside a biographical commentary tracing his musical and artistic trajectory. From his early roots and the central figures that critically shaped him and his voice, to the formation of Public Enemy, from his Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction through to his time with Prophets of Rage and current day world affairs.
Chuck D has been creating musical and cultural observations that challenge public opinion since 1985 and his visual compositions continue to interpret and question the world around us. Chuck D pays homage to his musical influences and peers from James Brown and Woody Guthrie to Def Jam labelmates Run-DMC and Beastie Boys; a host of the most influential hip-hop artists from Ice Cube to Run the Jewels; his twin passions of baseball and basketball; creating a collection of landscapes on tour with Prophets of Rage, and a range of sociopolitical pieces that explore the issues continuing to shape our culture.
With a foreword by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and featuring over 250 of Chuck D's paintings, sketches and drawings, Livin' Loud includes a commentary of over 13,000 words in which he offers unprecedented insight into his life and work.
Chuck D, born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, is an American rapper, activist and founding member of the iconic hip-hop group, Public Enemy. As the first artist to create hip-hop entrenched with political sensibilities, his works have continued to speak out in unexpected and necessary ways, commencing with the group's debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show. His lyrics are now considered some of the greatest of all time and Chuck remains a pioneer in rap music. His passion for graphic arts persisted throughout the years, and Chuck's influence in the visuals of hip-hop can still be seen today. As a firm believer that hip-hop - both visually and sonically -could be as big as rock music, he created the now-famous Public Enemy logo. Decades later, Chuck has rediscovered his passion for the arts. A multi-platinum recording artist, recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an educator, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, activist and celebrated visual artist, co-founder of the supergroup Prophets of Rage, Chuck D's credentials are arguably the most impressive in hip-hop.
- Publisher: Genesis Publications (February 7, 2023)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- ISBN-10: 1905662769
- ISBN-13: 9781905662760
- Item Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Dimensions: 8.86 x 0.79 x 11.81 inches