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|Row 3 info = {{Birth date and age|1960|8|1}} <br> Queens, New York, U.S.
 
|Row 3 info = {{Birth date and age|1960|8|1}} <br> Queens, New York, U.S.
 
|Row 4 title = Origin
 
|Row 4 title = Origin
|Row 4 info = Roosevelt, New York, U.S.
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|Row 4 info = Long Island, New York, U.S.
 
|Row 5 title = Genres
 
|Row 5 title = Genres
 
|Row 5 info = [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]], [[political hip hop]], [[hardcore hip hop]], [[rap rock]]
 
|Row 5 info = [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]], [[political hip hop]], [[hardcore hip hop]], [[rap rock]]
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|Row 7 info = 1984-present
 
|Row 7 info = 1984-present
 
|Row 8 title = Associated acts
 
|Row 8 title = Associated acts
|Row 8 info = [[Confrontation Camp]], [[Ice Cube]], [[Immortal Technique]], [[KRS-One]], [[LL Cool J]], [[Public Enemy]], [[Sister Souljah]]}}'''Carlton Douglas Ridenhour''' (born August 1, 1960), better known by his stage name '''Chuck D''', is an American rapper, author, and music producer from Long Island, New York. He helped create [[Political hip hop|politically]] and [[Conscious hip hop|socially conscious hip hop music]] in the mid-to-late 1980s as the frontman and founder of the group [[Public Enemy]].
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|Row 8 info = [[Confrontation Camp]], [[Ice Cube]], [[Immortal Technique]], [[KRS-One]], [[LL Cool J]], [[Public Enemy]], [[Sister Souljah]],}}'''Carlton Douglas Ridenhour''' (born August 1, 1960), better known by his stage name '''Chuck D''', is an American rapper, author, and music producer from Long Island, New York. He helped create [[Political hip hop|politically]] and [[Conscious hip hop|socially conscious hip hop music]] in the mid-to-late 1980s as the frontman and founder of the group [[Public Enemy]].
   
Born in Queens, New York City and raised in Roosevelt, Long Island, both of his parents were political activists. Ridenhour was a highly intelligent student, turning down an architecture scholarship to study graphic design at Adelphi University. While in school, he made promotional flyers for hip hop events and went on to co-host a hip hop radio show on the campus radio station with two future Public Enemy associates, Bill Stephney and [[Hank Shocklee]]. Under the name Chuckie D, he rapped on Shocklee's demo track, "Public Enemy No. 1", which caught the attention of [[Rick Rubin]] at [[Def Jam Recordings]]. Ridenhour changed his stage name to Chuck D and assembled Public Enemy.
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Born in Roosevelt, Long Island, both of his parents were political activists. Ridenhour was a highly intelligent student, turning down an architecture scholarship to study graphic design at Adelphi University. While in school, he made promotional flyers for hip hop events and went on to co-host a hip hop radio show on the campus radio station with two future Public Enemy associates, [[Bill Stephney]] and [[Hank Shocklee]]. Under the name Chuckie D, he rapped on Shocklee's demo track, "Public Enemy No. 1", which caught the attention of [[Rick Rubin]] at [[Def Jam Recordings]]. Ridenhour changed his stage name to Chuck D and assembled Public Enemy.
   
 
The group debuted in 1987 with ''[[Yo! Bum Rush the Show]]'' and released their second album, ''[[It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back]]'', the following year. ''[[Fear of a Black Planet]]'' in 1990 and ''[[Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Back]]'' in 1991 consolidated Public Enemy's position as one of the most influential hip hop groups. Their politically-charged lyrics and messages created controversy but established Ridenhour as one of the most intelligent and articulate spokesmen for the African-American community. He became an in-demand speaker on the college lecture circuit and was frequently invited to provide interviews on television news programs.
 
The group debuted in 1987 with ''[[Yo! Bum Rush the Show]]'' and released their second album, ''[[It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back]]'', the following year. ''[[Fear of a Black Planet]]'' in 1990 and ''[[Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Back]]'' in 1991 consolidated Public Enemy's position as one of the most influential hip hop groups. Their politically-charged lyrics and messages created controversy but established Ridenhour as one of the most intelligent and articulate spokesmen for the African-American community. He became an in-demand speaker on the college lecture circuit and was frequently invited to provide interviews on television news programs.
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Chuck D is known for his powerful rapping voice and is often acclaimed as one of the most distinct and impressive in hip hop. He continues to present lectures and continues to tour with Public Enemy.
 
Chuck D is known for his powerful rapping voice and is often acclaimed as one of the most distinct and impressive in hip hop. He continues to present lectures and continues to tour with Public Enemy.
 
==Discography==
 
==Discography==
===Studio albums===
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===With Public Enemy===
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''Main article: [[Public Enemy discography]]''
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===Solo===
 
*1996: ''[[Autobiography of Mistachuck]]''
 
*1996: ''[[Autobiography of Mistachuck]]''
 
*2014: ''[[The Black in Man]]''
 
*2014: ''[[The Black in Man]]''
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