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Fight The Power

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Chuck D, the creative force behind Public Enemy and one of the most outspoken, politically active and controversial rappers in music, discusses his views on everything from rap and race to the problems with politics in society today.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Dell Publishing Company
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Aug 06, 2007 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literates
Chuck is a very interesting guy. Having listened to his records and heard him speak, I've always felt he tends to beat around the bush a lot, but when he does make his point, it's very insightful. This book is no different. There are lots of mistakes as far as grammar in this thing (some are intentional "hip-hop" spelling mistakes while others are unintentional and should have been caught by the editor). Even so, it's a pretty decent read. I especially liked the chapter that covered Public Enemy ...more
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Nov 26, 2013 Ali Driggers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had some difficulty marching through the text, as I am not very familiar with some aspects of language that Chuck D uses. I am used to reading to literature from those are less well known. I support D in what he advocates, and I hope him well. I am not really up to date in Rap culture, but I would be interested in seeing how he has spent the last twenty years as an advocate.

I admit that his language left me a little dismayed at times. His message is so strong and powerful that I do understand
Danger Kallisti
I liked this book because it said things that everybody should already know, and nobody ever mentions. Like, a whole lot of no-bullshit, proper observations about people and society. Of course, it also gave a lot of propers to the authors' rap group (understandable, but still a cheesy way to market yourself) and some people I'm not sure about, like Minister Farrakhan. Sure as hell ain't my place to judge, but I can't say I'm behind any separatist movement. Seems regressive.. or somethin.
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Dec 04, 2015 Jeffrey Bumiller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book, which unfortunately feels a little dated (It was published in 1997). Chuck D lays it all on the line and doesn't shy away from anything. He's always inspiring. To this day I love listening to Public Enemy. It was really exciting to read about Chuck's early years as a radio DJ and of course, the formation and early days of Public Enemy. Must read for any fan or anyone that wants a serious dose of some truth.
Aug 27, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing documentation of HipHop/Rap through the years. It's an encyclopedia to the community, to the mistakes and evolution over the decades. All with a sincere approach to storytelling. It has funny bits as much as it gets into more serious business tips. I would suggest this read to the youth that think LMFAO is good rather than just a funny performance!
I first read this for a Youth Culture course I took during undergrad and have since used excerpts of it (the chapter "Black Community, Where Ya At?") in my teaching. Chuck D's ideas are frightening, brilliant, and revolutionary.
Nov 08, 2008 Darrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a morning train book
a little rough when compared to some current blogs
but commendable for the message it is putting out there and
the fact that there aren't too many books out there by rappers, period.
Sep 14, 2010 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but the book is over 10 years old. I got it used and some of the incidents he references without explanation, I rembember hearing about but since they're so far in the past I don't remeber the details. I like the explantions of some of the thought behind PE's lyrics.
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