Chuck D Explains Why Suing The Notorious BIGLong before Cash Money was an Army, Public Enemy were the muthafuckin’ Marines. And their commanding officer was Colonel Chuck D.

Inarguably the most powerful baritone to ever breathe into a microphone, the leader of the Long Island military that took over Hip Hop music and culture during the late 1980s and early 1990s commanded a nation of millions of young people (of all races) to tell their parents that Elvis and John Wayne were not heroes, that Martin Luther King, Jr. definitely was, and if they didn’t honor the late great Civil Rights leader with a national holiday heads were gonna roll, literally.

Bad-ass without being “gangsta,” the revolutionary rhymer shared his always challenging thoughts with HipHopDX in advance of the not one, but two new Public Enemy albums set for release during P.E.’s 25th year in the game (Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamps due in June, and The Evil Empire Of Everything due in September).

In the first half of DX’s first ever conversation with Chuck Dangerous, the emcee/author/activist enlightened on Elvis and explained why he believes the base of “The Throne” that Jay-Z and Kanye West currently occupy is corrupt. And in a remarkably laidback tone for one of the culture’s most commanding voices (it should be noted however that even in a leisurely convo Chuck will still challenge you to defend your points and positions), the man who has helped us all see our society, and ourselves, in a much clearer way offered some long-overdue clarity on this, the 15th anniversary of the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., as to why he sued Biggie’s estate in the late ‘90s over the usage of his instantly recognizable vocal for the countdown to Big’s  “Ten Crack Commandments” and why that lawsuit had “Nothing to do with Biggie.” Read the whole article…