Chuck D is an icon of conscious hip hop and a true music revolutionary. Chuck D spoke for 2 hours at the Public Enemy workshop at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, on the state of hip hop and global music culture. He also spoke extensively on the future of (South) African hip hop.
01. Don’t be an ‘Afrimerican’ – don’t copy the US. Be proudly African
02. SA needs an infrastructure that supports local hip hop (DJs / radio / media / blogs)
03. Don’t let corporations (like MTV or Metro FM) dictate your musical / cultural agenda
04. Be accountable for the music you make – words are powerful and have consequences
05. Africa can be a global hip hop powerhouse if it chooses to be. Believe!
06. Embrace indigenous languages – that’s what makes us unique in the world
07. Focus on your live performance – your live show must kick your video’s ass
08. Groups or movements are more powerful than a single person. Be a team. Up your game!
09. Build strong networks in SA, and throughout Africa. Connect the continent
10. Confront difficult issues of race and inequality in South Africa – these are stories people need to hear