Thursday, August 30, 2007
Run DMC : Proud To Be Black (from It's Tricky 12")
Run DMC : Proud To Be Black (Profile, 1987)
Hidden at the very end of Raising Hell and on the b side of "It's Tricky", "Proud To Be Black" was (one of ?) the first in a trend of black consciousness rap.
While it came out in 86, more than a year before Public Enemy's first record, Proud To Be Black was inspired by Chuck D.
Run DMC were hanging around the Spectrum City posse since their first 12", Run DMC gave their very first interview to Chucky D for the Spectrum Mix Show on Adelphi's WBAU. The legend says that one day of november 1985 Jam Master Jay was with Mike D and MCA in Dr Dre's show on WBAU when Dre played a tape of "Public Enemy Number One" that Chuck and Hank had made. The Beastie Boys left with a new DJ, and Jay left with the tape that he would bring to Rick Rubin and Russel Simmons.