November 6, 2007

Chuck D Blames Capitalism

Chuck D of Public Enemy spoke to a packed Villard Room this afternoon. He began by criticizing Hollywood's glorification of poor black urban communities in the 1960's and '70's, as portrayed in the film "American Gangster." The rapper commented on a wide range of topics, including global warming, the conflict in Israel, the war in Iraq, and the incapability of the "Facebook generation" to communicate. Chuck D concluded by saying that current hip hop artists act as though they have had "their brains taken out." He also criticized the effect when "art and commodification" are mixed.

"Ya'll thought I was here to talk about 'Flavor of Love.'"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what a presumptuous opening line. did everyone else think he was absolutely horrible?