SXSW Conversation: Bootsy Collins & Chuck D
Bootsy Collins and Chuck D embody the power of African-American music to move audiences and change culture. Bootsy and his teenage band The Pacemakers were hired by James Brown in 1970 where they both enlivened Brown's sound and earned their touring stripes. He was a core member of George Clinton's P-Funk ensemble. His distinctive "Space Bass" style is a bedrock of funk sound. Chuck D leads rap legends Public Enemy, who brought social consciousness and sonic intensity to rap music. Among their classic records is the standout "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back." PE continues to draw huge crowds worldwide and released two albums last year, including "The Evil Empire Of Everything." Chuck also runs the global hip hop community Rapstation.com. This joint appearance will bring two masters together for stories and inspiration.
As co-founder of legendary group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture. His lyrics addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence never seen before. In the late 1990's, Chuck D began championing digital music and has remained a major proponent visionary ever since. Public Enemy marked their 25th anniversary last year with a pair of critically acclaimed albums and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013. They continue to tour worldwide.