Any of our regular readers will know how much I respect Chuck D. Public Enemy were a major force in bringing political, social and cultural consciousness into hip hop in the late 1980s. Their music was a massive influence in my young adult life. It was a huge honour finally meeting Chuck D in Cape Town, 24 years after I first saw Public Enemy live in London at the Hammersmith Odeon on their first UK tour. The impact of Public Enemy’s performance was so great that night that I always forget that Eric B & Rakim and LL Cool J were also on the line up.
Chuck D is now an elder statesman in the hip hop world but he’s still highly active. As well as endless tours with Public Enemy, Chuck D also hosts a radio show on New York’s WBAI and Rapstation.com called, And You Don’t Stop. One of the show segments is called Planet Earth Planet Rap (PEPR), and features hip hop from around the world. The PEPR segment is curated by Gia’na Garel aka GypSEE Mama, Amkelwa Mbekeni and Mikko Kapanen – (read more about the PEPR team here).
We were hugely honoured to have music by Jaak and Driemanskap featured alongside Zuluboy on the South African segment of Chuck D’s show last week. So honoured infact, that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to leak a track from Jaak’s forthcoming album, Galant, as an exclusive world premiere.
That’s how we rrrrrrrrrroll!!