Chuck D recently dropped a new solo album, “Celebration of Ignorance,” a powerful addition to the hip hop legend’s formidable 30-year career. The album was written and recorded during an intensely prolific and creative period, which included new albums from both Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage (released in 2017), his 300+ page book “This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History” (published by Hatchett’s Black Dog & Leventhal division in 2017) and a return to TV and Film composing. Chuck created additional music (with Amani K. Smith) for the new Showtime documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” and his new track, “sPEak On It!” will close out the final episode this Saturday at 9p.m. ET/PT.
After several whirlwind years of writing, recording, touring and creating art in multiple mediums, Chuck shows no signs of slowing down, telling fans, “Enjoy ‘Celebration of Ignorance’ and catch me in 2019 on the road.”
Chuck D is considered one of the most influential lyricists in contemporary music. Both as a solo artist and as the leader of the groundbreaking group Public Enemy (which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013), he helped pave the way for political, social, and culturally conscious hip-hop. Public Enemy’s albums remain among the most critically acclaimed works in contemporary music, including “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” and “Fear of a Black Planet.” Chuck is also a prominent figure on the speaking circuit lending his voice to issues and causes ranging from technology to race relations. He is also a founding member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage, alongside members of Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill.
Below please find liner notes written by Chuck D.
Celebration of Ignorance
-Chuck D as Mistachuck
I’m locked in a certain era. So what? It feels good. I over-stand that styles change but the sound remains. Although I support the entire journey of Hip Hop from 1973 up to this very minute, the breath of fresh air I enjoy is the freedom of creating songs with no time constraint.
Hip Hop is new Blues of now and I make songs based on what I see and hear while staying quiet. Celebration of Ignorance breaks a silence of this time. It’s also a salute to independence alongside my longtime collaborators, David “C-Doc” Snyder and Jahi of P.E. 2.0 AKA Project Experience Millennium. I totally believe that as artists you should try to evolve, but there’s no greater testament to throwback than the first song, Tiredof45 12.30.84 Dunk Mix. That song salutes LeBron James and smacks Trump. Dueled up with Jahi, a main fixture on the SpitSlam Record Label Group who has crafted four spectacular albums for the label, his co-writing along with The C-DOC song mix takes us to the mid 80s for real.
He continues to spit further into the album where the next song BOT is the current the battle of machines and human beings. Cavemanic totally can talk to the MeToo Movement where testosterone is truly a test. MutterERT speaks on world climate crime, Blacknificent on greatness, freedBLACK on independence. The visuals are soon to be seen alongside added voice and mind of these songs.
Ain’t No is a skull to skull defying get down needed with the aggressive defense against these times. Put together by my co-Prophets of Rage partner I call the hardest groove Bassist in Rock, Timmy Commerford, and his Wakrat partners Mathias Wakrat & Laurent Grangeon, I’m honored to have this song on this record. It was a ball watching them overnight on the 2016 Make America Rage Again Tour. They are something to see. sPEak On It! was a redo-extension of the song sPEak! from the PE Album Nothing is Quick In The Desert which is to be released with additions in 2019.
Lastly, I’m locked in the total era of Rap music and Hip Hop’s 50 years, but I dig my lane: Boom Bap, Boom Style, Boom Voice. You can tell that by the simple fact that our records stand the test of time without deferring to the trends of relevance. Enjoy Celebration of Ignorance and catch me in 2019 on the road and hopefully, maybe, doing these songs.