Chuck D Gets His Book Game Right On 'What's In My Bag?' + Breaks Down Public Enemy's Logo
2014’s Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D seems to have his fill of vinyl these days, as a trip to the storied isles of Amoeba Music left him with more paperbacks than wax. In the latest episode of What’s In My Bag? the living microphone legend explains why he prefers to cop books these days, showcasing some of his selections for us, both conventional and uncharacteristic. It appears Chuck’s pallet for educating himself reaches beyond convention, which is why jam-band chronologies and 90s superlative lists somehow land in the same vicinity as transcripts penned by Mavis Staples.
Speaking of inspiring transcripts, Chuck also recently took the time to clarify Public Enemy’s iconic crosshair logo, disproving anti-police sentiments and asserting himself and his movement as the perceived enemy of the state at that time and maybe even in our own. The legendary MC/historian/archivist/activist explains that the silhouette caught in those crosshairs to be that of a b-boy, garbed in black and dawning the infamous Run DMC top hat. You can read up on all things logo oriented over at Rolling Stone, but to see what Chuck’s been reading, just watch the latest installment of What’s In My Bag? below.