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    Let the voice be the voice of the voiceless and let it come from the world of rap music to keep the stereotype and the peace at the same time.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  peace  world  music 
     
    Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and when people start getting it confused, that means they need to sit down with some real people.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people  right  wrong  real 
     
    If they can send you to war at 18, maybe it's beneficial for some people to think that most of us gotta go to war for our own existence.
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    tags: people  existence  war 
     
    The best American is one who considers themselves as a citizen of the world.
    — Chuck D
    tags: world  american 
     
    These days you can't see who's in cahoots,Cause now the KKK wears three-piece suits.
    — Chuck D
    If you want to speak about different ethnicities and diversity, rap and hip-hop are all over the planet. Every country, from Turkey to Australia, now has tons of hip-hop artists. The music and artistry have moved way faster than the corporatization of the music. You do need organization and opportunity for these artists to express themselves, and I don't think it has to come from a corporate co-signing.
    — Chuck D
    The best way to boycott is to build your own
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    No matter what the name, we're all the same pieces in one big chess game.
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    tags: chess  games 
     
    I think a good thing that needs to change is that people should be at least fearless about expressin' themselves.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people  fearless 
     
    Americans are not sharp. You can be sharp in your own area, I guess, but in this world you gotta be conscious of everybody else in the world too. You just can't be drunken with constitution and hear, okay we're gonna do this and then you hear well, we're gonna go kill this guy 'cause he's a terrorist and you keep gettin' it.
    — Chuck D
    Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.
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    I think right about now we have to beware of marketed Malcolms and Martins. Real people do real things.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people  right  real 
     
    I spread the message of hope and of unity. That's what gets me up in the morning. I can tell you what is wrong, but I can't tell you how to fix it. I'm a raptivist, not a politician. I deal in hope.
    — Chuck D
    tags: wrong  hope 
     
    Rap comes from the humble beginnings of rebelling against the status quo. Now, rappers have become the status quo themselves. You can't rebel against the Queen and then become the Queen yourself. I attribute much of the blame to testosterone-male dominance and patriarchy.
    — Chuck D
    I got a letter from the government the other dayI opened and read it...it said they were suckers.
    — Chuck D
    tags: government  read 
     
    When culture is created in boardrooms with a panel of six or seven strategists for the masses to follow, to me that is no different than an aristocracy. It's not created from the people in the middle of the streets, so to speak. It is created from a petri dish for the sake of making money, and it is undermining the longevity of the culture.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people  culture  money 
     
    It's weak to speak and blame somebody else...When you destroy yourself.
    — Chuck D
    Reflect each day on all you have to be grateful for and you will receive more to be grateful for.
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    Culture is this thing that we can exchange among ourselves as human beings to knock aside our differences and build upon our similarities. Cultural exchange is the ultimate exchange.
    — Chuck D
    tags: culture  human 
     
    Being positive is like going up a mountain. Being negative is like sliding down a hill. A lot of times, people want to take the easy way out, because it's basically what they've understood throughout their lives.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  people  live  positive 
     
    Our freedom of speech is freedom or death,We got to fight the powers that be!
    — Chuck D
    tags: freedom  power  fight  speech 
     
    I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from.
    — Chuck D
    tags: belief  father  mother 
     
    Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding don't come out of the microwave. You got to keep moving forward because the evil doesn't sleep.
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    Never have so many men treated women like our foes. They call 'em hoes, but they might as well call them foes, 'cause you are totally against the existence of somebody who should live their life as an equal human being. If not, any man knows, it's like we're not equal. You know, women are usually a little better than us.
    — Chuck D
    tags: men  women  live  human  existence 
     
    If I can't change the people around me, I change the people around me.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people 
     
    McDonald's offers a king's ransom to any hip-hop artist who is able to put Big Mac into a song. MTV - and more to the point, Viacom - is succeeding in extending a teenage life to twenty-nine or even thirty-one years old. It is about extending this market and removing any intelligent substance in the music.
    — Chuck D
    tags: song  music  artist  year 
     
    We don't see the people who are doing real things getting enough props. We often see politicians who are everywhere but nowhere at the same goddamn time. You know the kind of person: You see them everywhere on television but nowhere in front of your face.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  people  real 
     
    Many have forgotten what we came here for,Never knew or had a clue, so you're on the floor.Just growin' not known' about your past...Now you're lookin' pretty stupid while you're shakin' your ass.
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    I encourage more blacks and people of color to get a passport. That's one way to help put people on an equal platform.
    — Chuck D
    tags: people  encourage  help  black 
     
    I don't have any exteriors that would actually put me into some kind of different air that would actually intimidate somebody to stay away from me.
    — Chuck D
    Try to do your best to look people in the eye and talk to them without a gadget being in between you all the time.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  people  eyes 
     
    I'm recording freely, and if I make a song, I release it immediately, so I'm more likely to believe in one song at a time as opposed to albums.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  believe  song 
     
    Corporations have steered the industry into what it wants, and a lot of times they will make artists record what it wants or to make songs talk to who they want to talk to. But sometimes the heart and the head have to be able to talk and deal with a situation that's evident.
    — Chuck D
    tags: time  heart  song  artist 
     
    One of the problems with hip hop is lack of infrastructure and not being able to control its own course. I don't like that hip hop is full of infantile 35-year-olds. Hip hop cannot afford to be lazy.
    — Chuck D
    tags: lazy  control  problem 
     
    Public Enemy is the security of the hip-hop party.
    — Chuck D
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    And when I say it, they get alarmed...'Cause I'm louder than a bomb.
    — Chuck D
    I'm not a U.S. citizen. I mean, I'm an earth-izen. Borderline policies are crap to me.
    — Chuck D
    Music used to cause revolutions and I'm not seeing much revolution anymore.
    — Chuck D
    tags: seeing  music  revolution 
     
    Comin' from the school of hard knocks,Some perpetrate...they drink Clorox.Attack the black, cause I know they lack exactThe cold facts, and still they try to Xerox.
    — Chuck D
    tags: facts  school  black 
     
    The minute I get swelled up about something, something has always brought me back down to earth...
    — Chuck D
    tags: earth 
     
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