International Music Star
In the early 1990’s Chuck D, became the leader of the now world famous band, ‘Public Enemy’. His lyrics are socially and politically charged and motivate fellow American, especially the African-American community to rise against any prevailing discrimination and social evils. He is naturally blessed with a powerful rapping voice that resonates and gives a distinct character to his rap numbers. His views on some sensitive issues have snowballed into controversies, but he held fast to them. His group, Public Enemy’, was nominated for the Grammy’s, for four successive years from 1990 onwards in the ‘Best Rap Performance by a Group’ category and also in the category the ‘Best Metal Performance for the single’, ‘Bring the Noise’. The group was nominated 3x for the ‘American Music Awards’ in the ‘Favorite Rap/Hip Hop’ category between 1989 and 1992. However, the band’s popularity and nominations never translated into wins. In May 2013, the rapper was conferred an honorary doctorate by the Adelphi University of Long Island. The rapper, an alumnus of the university, was invited to speak at the commencement ceremony. Again in 2013, Chuck D was honored with ‘The Paul Robeson- Here I Stand Award’, by The ‘Hung Tao Leadership Institute’ at the Lincoln Theatre, Washington.