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Livin' Loud: ARTitation

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Kirkus Reviews, STARRED reviewInSummer of Hamn,legendary hip-hop artist Chuck D takes on gun violence with rhythmic, inventive writing and passionately raw art.

With a foreword by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Chuck D's art debut Livin' Loud is a visual experience of over 250 artworks, each piece reflective of the man behind the music. The approximately chronological Livin’ Loud hits its stride, naturally, when it reaches the goldenage hip-hop era, with quick-draw portraits – from photographs, most likely – of artists ranging from turntablist pioneer DJ Kool Herc to a brattish and slumped Beastie Boys and, of course, Public Enemy themselves: Chuck’s longtime compatriot/foil Flavor Flav, who’s been somewhat off. It is undoubtedly a must-have for serious fans of Chuck D and Public Enemy, and it can also be strongly recommended for anyone who wants to see interesting artwork from this period and through some fresh and unique eyes. As such, this book is differentiated somewhat from the hobbyist daubs of so many ageing, bored musicians: one suspects that Chuck D views everything from rapping to writing and drawing along the axis of communication, and Livin’ Loud arguably communicates more than any Public Enemy album has in recent years. Chuck D was a graphic design student from Long Island before a chance meeting with a handful of students ended with the release of ‘Yo!

Now aged 63 and still wearing his trademark LA Raiders cap flipped back to front, Chuck D – whose real name is Carlton Ridenhour – has swapped lyrics for drawing. If working at an office location and you are not "logged in", simply close and relaunch your preferred browser. In Livin' Loud, Public Enemy founder, hip-hop pioneer and revolutionary activist, Chuck D, presents a body of art, each piece reflective of the man behind the music, alongside a biographical commentary tracing his musical and artistic trajectory. With a foreword by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and featuring over 250 of Chuck D's paintings, sketches and drawings, Livin' Loud includes a commentary of over 13,000 words in which he offers unprecedented insight into his life and work. A new book featuring Chuck D‘s artwork alongside commentary by the Public Enemy rapper has been announced.Recently, I've reverted into the arts, combining all these elements in my work, still trying to change the world.

No song may be more reflective of 1980s America than Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power;” no document may come to capture our COVID era like Chuck D’s STEWdio. Morello’s not-entirely-unbiased assertion that Chuck D is ‘as gifted a visual artist as he is a microphone master’ turns out to be pushing it somewhat, but he’s fluent and Livin’ Loud is additionally a multidirectional surprise, riding not only on political consciousness and Black pride but also qualities one might not immediately expect from this famously stentorian rapper, not least intimacy, tenderness and nostalgia. A focused, fresh, urgent text filled with pictures worth 1,000 words and rhymes worth thousands more. His passion for graphic arts persisted throughout the years, and Chuck’s influence in the visuals of hip-hop can still be seen today. He added: “I think we're a good fit, because I certainly know how to talk to musicians, there was a strong vibe, and I was able to understand what he wanted out of this partnership.StewDio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D recreates format of his original art, combining three full-color paperback bound books into a beautiful box set. But what's one thing that people don't realize about Chuck D is that he was an artist before he was a rapper. I was really impressed [because he] really understood what Akashic Books is about and how we operate: We’re the host of the imprint,” Temple said.

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