Episode 41: Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Bobby Sessions

Listen ‘n Learn:

  • Measuring popularity over importance
  • People listening with their eyes instead of their ears and mind
  • Looking at other cultures in dealing with calamity and the ills of society
  • What to do when the grid goes down
  • Wisdom from the OGs
  • Music as a tool about controlling our narrative
  • What Chuck D has learned during this pandemic
  • Fight the Power was re-done only as a prism so light can shine through

About Our Guests:

Chuck D is the founder of Public Enemy. Formed in 1987, the rap group was a pioneering act that created explosive, politically conscious rap that focused on an urban world of limited opportunity, drugs and violence. The Source ranked him at No. 12 on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists of All Time. Public Enemy’s new album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down is out now with their rereleased “Fight The Power: Remix 2020,” a song that Public Enemy premiered at the 2020 BET Awards. “Fight The Power: Remix 2020” features Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, YG, and Jahi.

Bobby Sessions began experimenting with music and poetry and channeled his poetic strength over a beat and fine tuned his focus to rap music. His music quickly became popular and earned him a deal with the Dallas label High Standardz, as well as his first hit single entitled “Black America” which elevated Bobby to the national stage. His many achievements in music, is well known for co-writing the Covid-19 benefit song “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, which recently peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. He has also crafted poignant singles including “The Hate U Give,” “Level Up,” “Black Neighborhood” ft. Killer Mike, and the new single “Girls in the Hood” by Megan Thee Stallion.

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