Public Enemy founder Chuck D rarely needs an introduction — the politically-minded MC has been an integral part of Hip Hop culture since emerging in the ’80s. On October 10, fans will be able to dive into the mind of the Fear Of A Black Planet architect and get a first-hand account of his experience in the culture thanks to his new book, Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History.
Described as “one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written,” the book is assembled by Chuck and includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present, as well as portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture for over 40 years.
The anthology opens with a house party with DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973 and follows the art form through more than four decades, examining key players and historical moments.
Kendrick Lamar voiced his thoughts on the book in a press release. “If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” he said. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!”
LL Cool J added, “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again.”
The book also includes over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in Hip Hop created by artists Shepard Fairey (who wrote the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.