Public Enemy's Chuck D Blasts Hot 97's Racial Slurs "Double Standard"

Chuck D says that the use of the N-word at Hot 97's Summer Jam was "the last straw."

Public Enemy’s Chuck D says that he has a new objective. 

"My goal by year's end is to change the face and sound of urban radio,” Chuck D says during an interview with Billboard. "I've been in this shit 30 years, too long to just sit and let it be. I'm not going to be the grim reaper. I don't want to be the grim reaper. But people have to stand up and we need some change, and it's time.”

The rapper says that the use of the N-word and the lack of New York representation at Hot 97’s Summer Jam earlier this month was “the last straw.” The former is particularly troubling to Chuck D.

"If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but Black people, what do you think would happen?” he says. "Why does there have to be such a double standard?” 

Chuck D also takes issue with the dearth of local acts on the Summer Jam bill, which featured performances from Iggy Azalea, the Roots, Wiz Khalifa, as well as such New York acts as Nas, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj.

"It's just a sloppy presentation of the art form, the worst presentation known to man," D explained. "It's negligent. There needs to be a greater representation of the culture and the community on that radio station.” 

Chuck D has been blasting Hot 97 regarding this year’s Summer Jam since last week. On June 1, he posted a picture of himself showcasing a look that he says he has when he thinks about New York radio station Hot 97's impact on Rap.

"The look on my face after I heard what a sloppy fiasco @hot97 in NYC has made of HipHop. #culturalCrime,"Chuck D said in the Twitter post.

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  • DavidTryst

    The very fact that some culture chameleon can speak about Chuck D on a NYC HIP HOP radio station just shows how weak NY is.

  • andreaus13

    Boycott and all radio dj who dis our community eliminate them

  • Anonymous

    "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but Black people, what do you think would happen? he says. IT's deeper than racial slurs. There isn't a rap song on the radio that doesn't disrespect women. Tell you to poison your own community and kill your own race. We are the only race in this country that has this type of music played on the radio 24/7. What's even worst is that we have no limit of rappers who are willing to make money this way. They might as well put a KKK hood on. That includes Beyonce.

    • dfd

      real talk, 100%. KKK aint doing nowhere as much damage as certain elements of african americans are doing to there own people nowadays.

  • Anonymous

    This nigga sounding real bitter right now. "Lack of New York representation" so Nas and 50 Cent ain't from New York???

    • Anonymous

      Really ya gotta be tired of tha South club bangers.. Ross sellin tons of dope to some imaginary nigga. Everbody sound like future or drake.. and everybody knows nobody in the south have lyrics that make common sense or paint a realistic picture. check out imaginary players by THe old jay-z.. ONLY TIP GOT RYHMES AND LYRICS. RAP IS LIKE WRESTLING ITS ENTERTAINMENT... nO SOCIAL MOVEMENT... WHO REPRESENTS THE URBAN STRUGGLE..

    • Anonymous

      naw, you just sounding stupid, not realizing that's the reason for nas & 50, to "keep it new york"

  • Afro horn

    White people killed hip hop

    • sdfsdf

      lol y'all people obviously arent the heads of interscope etc...but there have been plenty of blacks more than willing to capitalise and profit. making it out like black people have down syndrome and dont know whats going on lmao. but all of a sudden jay takes it one step further and goes higher up the record industry food chain and hes now illuminati. you guys are some dumb deaf and blind retards.

    • Anonymous


    • TaZzZ

      Co-sign from a white dude Well not white artists as much as white suits and the white-controlled power structure, there is prob a greater percentage of white rappers who positively represent hip hop culture but thats just because the suits have much less of a problem funding black people to make their race look stupid than the Vanilla Ices and Riff Raffs to make white people look stupid The formula has evolved, we no longer steal the art form and perform it ouselves to make money, we just control the revenue stream from all the black artists and only put on the black artists willing to facilitate this modern minstrel show we know as mainstream hip hop Fuck the white man

  • kevin smith

    big up to chuck d for standing up for real hip hop for the real hip hop fans that represent true real hip hop its about damn time somebody got some balls to stand up and call out these clown garbage artists that's fuckin the the artform the culture

  • Anonymous

    Get at 'em Chuck...

  • Anonymous

    dont believe the hype, public enemy..

  • Anonymous

    public enemy went against the grain since day one they stood for something thats why they dont fall for the bullshit legends in hip hop..


    Realest nigga in the game, fight the power against bullshit music and Ebro style programming, lets go back to the 90s....

  • D-Train

    Good stuff Chuck Sellouts.

  • Mack

    So The Roots and Nas are considered sloppy bookings? GTFOH.

  • Anonymous

    black people will stop with this side eye shit when they realize they look like dilbert cartoons, which is about as black as a guitar solo in a hockey rink

    • Anonymous

      ^they'd be calling suppan a monkey right after jimi played and make a black play chicken in traffic on the way home #reality

    • Fuck Outta Here

      What if it was a Jimi Hendrix solo on the same ice that Jerome Iginla plays on?

    • Anonymous

      White people always have something to say when it involves black affairs. STFU you don't have any say in this matter boy.

    • Anonymous

      then why are you on a black music site speaking on black community issues talking white society, go make sure your buddy ain't gonna shoot up the public punk

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