New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Hip Hop Icon Chuck D.

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Chuck D.

Before Tupac, before Notorious B.I.G., before Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, there was Chuck D! In the mid '80s, Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, signed with the rap label Def Jam. You know, that bedroom record label that discovered little groups like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and some thrash metal band Public Enemy It Takes a Millionsnamed Slayer. Ring a bell? With Def Jam's support and Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy championed socially conscious rap music in America. With politically charged albums like It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet  (the latter selling 1 million copies week of release), Public Enemy remains one of the most important rap groups in history. 

Always at the forefront of social issues regarding race, culture and music in America, Chuck D is the go-to rapper for commentary. His voice can be heard on many documentaries, interviews, and essays. He's collaborated with other iconic artists, including John Mellencamp, Rage Against The Machine, Janet Jackson and Run-DMC, to name a few. A big supporter of independent music, Chuck D was elected Record Store Day 2014 Ambassador. Amoeba Hollywood had the pleasure of hosting a RSD press conference featuring a panel that included Chuck D, John Densmore and Amoeba co-owner Marc Weinstein. During Chuck's visit he took time to browse our bins and dug up some cool stuff for our "What's In My Bag?" series.

An avid book collector, Chuck kicks things off with 100 Best Selling Albums of The 90s. He points out how the '90s are synonymous with bad cover art and will use the book as a reminder! He also snags a DVD copy of The Midnight Special, a late night variety television show that aired in the '70s. To continue the growth of his massive home libraries (he told us he has a few), Chuck picks up author Peter Conners' JAMerica and follows that up with I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staples Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway by author Greg Kot. Chuck is part activist, part ethnomusicologist and part professor!

Watch the full "What's In My Bag?" episode below to see all his picks:

Chuck D - What's In My Bag?
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