Chuck D credits LI childhood for success

Roosevelt native Chuck D got his start on an Adelphi University radio show and went on to change the face of hip-hop music.

The rap music star, who led the group Public Enemy, broke onto the hip-hop scene of the 1980s with political and socially conscious lyrics. Chuck D says he fell in love with the technical aspect of making rap music and then tackled issues like white supremacy, capitalism and black nationalism with his words.

Chuck D signed with Def Jam records and reached thousands of listeners with his pointed lyrics. Each year, he speaks at schools to encourage kids to continue their education.

Chuck D most recently produced a Haiti relief album.

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