Chuck D Movies and Career Information

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Aug 01, 1960
New York City
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Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), better known by his stage name, Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy. Ridenhour was born in Roosevelt, New York, a hamlet on Long Island. After graduating from Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School, he went to Adelphi University in Long Island to study Graphic Design. He is the son of Lorenzo Ridenhour. Upon hearing Ridenhour's demo track "Public Enemy Number One", fledgling producer/mogul Rick Rubin insisted on signing him to his Def Jam label. Their major label albums were: Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987), It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), Fear of a Black Planet (1990), Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black (1991), Greatest Misses (1992), and Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994). They also released a full length album soundtrack for the film He Got Game in 1998. Ridenhour also contributed (as Chuck D) to several episodes of the PBS documentary series The Blues. He has appeared as a feature artist on many other songs and albums, having collaborated with artists such as Janet

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