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Chuck D is Public Enemy #1 in our book, not just one of the most underrated rappers of all time but a visionary, voice of reason and a role-model demonstrating how to make art that engages pop culture without being swept away in the mainstream like a soggy boot in the Bronx River. Although Chuck D is, on one hand, a persona that embodies the immortal spirit of rebellion inside all of us, he is, of course, contained within the vessel of mild-mannered author, producer and real human being Carlton Ridenhour. As an archetype, Chuck D has been throwing a slow-motion trash can through the pizza shop of oppression pretty much from creation. But as a human being he was born on August 1st, 1960 (right about the time, I like to imagine, that Aretha Franklin stepped into a Detroit studio for her very first session and halfway around the world the African Nation of Benin celebrated its independence from French colonizers).

Today is also August 1st. So not only is it time to say Happy Birthday to Carlton Ridenhour but also to pay tribute to Chuck D the rhythm, the rebel. We could not think of a better way to do both of those things in one shot than a megamix of every essential Chuck D verse cut together by turntable virtuoso DJ Raydar Ellis. That’s what we wished for…and that’s what we got. Wait, that’s a lie. This cannot be every essential Chuck D verse because he is still making essential verses (and we look forward to hearing more of them very soon). Stream Raydar’s mix below to get the Chuck D story…so far.


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“No Regrets” takes place in the near future, where Joey Bada$$ has become a billionaire philanthropist who time travels to the past to give his younger self the key to unlimited fortune. But when a young woman intercedes, she triggers poignant memories that could change his destiny.

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Enjoy Pete Rock’s “James Brown Tribute” Mix and be sure to visit for your Soul Brother Logo Tee.

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Produced by S.One & Sove

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Joell Ortiz shares some stories of his past, and “A Tribe Called Yes” acts them out on stage for the first time EVER. Catch the Take It Personal Hip Hop Improv Show every Friday at UCB East in NYC at 8:30 pm.

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20 years ago, Nas mentioned his friend Cormega on a song called “One Love,” which was composed as a letter to someone in prison: “Night time is more trife than ever / What up with Cormega? Did you see him? Are y’all together? / If so then hold the fort down, represent to the fullest / Say what’s up to Herb, Ice and Bullet.” Those four bars inked Cormega’s street credibility and forever tied him, for better and worse, to the crown prince of hip-hop. He spoke to Microphone Check cohosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley about the career and life he’s made beyond them.

share save 171 16 Interview: Cormega @ NPR Microphone Check

Produced by Dirty Diggs

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Action Bronson often tours the UK, so it was only a matter of time before an episode of Fuck, That’s Delicious descended upon dear Old Blighty. Mr. Wonderful hit the London streets to expose himself to the culinary masses, from eating piping hot char siu bao (steamed Chinese barbecue pork buns) in London’s Chinatown at Kowloon Restaurant, grilled “Michael Jackson” lamb chops at Lahore Kebab House, to Liverpool’s beloved meat stew, scouse, at Maggie Mae’s.

Episode 1 | Episode 2

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Watch Mobb Deep rockin’Papaya club main stage at the last night of New Yorker Fresh Island festival!

share save 171 16 Video: Mobb Deep @ New Yorker Fresh Island Festival 2014 #Day3

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It’s hard to point out the highlight of New Yorker Fresh Island 2014 – from amazing shows by Rick Ross, Meth & Red, Mobb Deep, Kontrafakt, unforgettable DJ sets by Tim Westwood, Jayceeoh, Crux Soundsystem to pool & boat parties, insane Zero Day party at Kalypso club, etc.

That’s why we got an extensive photo gallery to refresh your memory – check out pictures from DAY 1 HERE, from DAY 2 HERE, DAY 3 HERE, and overall festival highlights HERE.

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