The new issue of Clash Magazine, our I Love New York themed special, is out now with dual covers featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D and Flatbush Zombies.
"It’s now quarter of a century since ‘It Takes A Nation…’ Chuck says he still puts it on sometimes, “once in a blue”. He still thinks it has something to say to America.
“Twenty-five years is not long in real life,” Chuck says. “It’s a long time as far as micromedia and stuff like that, but it’s a short time in reality.” Even in micromedia, as he puts it, Chuck D’s influence endures. The week before our interview he performs at the Grammys with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, LL Cool J, Travis Barker from Blink-182 as part of an ‘A-team’ of hip-hop and rock royalty put together by mash-up DJ Z-Trip to close the ceremony. The day of our interview, an American public radio announcer comes out with one of Chuck’s lines in reference to the political Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon; “People say rap music is the CNN of the streets,” the newscaster says. “People have said that for twenty years, or more, actually.”
Also celebrating the Big Apple are Devonte Hynes, John Varvatos, Richard Hell, LE1F, The NEW New York, Main Attrakionz, Charles Bradley, and Adam Green, Lenny Kaye and Andrew W.K. share their New York.
Our regular features see appearances by Patti Smith, The Men , Sonic Youth, Madonna and Andre J and all the music, fashion, film and technology news and reviews we can squeeze in.