Public Enemy rapper Chuck D is taking a stand against the state of urban radio. In a recent interview, Chuck says that his goal is to “change the face and sound of urban radio” by the end of the year. Apparently, D was motivated to call for changes after the prolific use of the N-word by artists at the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert earlier this month. For him, the frequent use of racial slurs is a “double standard” since the world wouldn’t accept a song filled will anti-Semitic or other racial epithets. Chuck believes that festivals and record labels should consider having artists sign contracts that forbid derogatory remarks.
Chuck D also took issue with the lineup of artists at the Hot 97 Summer Jam. Despite performances from artists such as Nas and Nicki Minaj, Chuck D said the show was a “sloppy presentation of the art form.”