Public Enemy’s Chuck D ‘doesn’t get Watch The Throne’

Rapper says he doesn't get who Jay-Z and Kanye West are here for 'other than themselves

Public Enemy‘s Chuck D has said he “doesn’t get” Watch The Throne.

Speaking about a track on the latest Public Enemy album titled ‘Catch The Throne’, which a response to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’, he said the rap duo are too focussed on materialism.

“Hip-hop celebrates those who wanna make a killing instead of a living. I like those guys, but they make me laugh sometimes because I don’t get who they’re here for, other than themselves”, he tells The Times.


Chuck D, real name Carlton Ridenhour, also spoke about how he now considers himself a “classic rapper”. “We’re already the Rolling Stones of rap. I’m 52 and Flav’s 53; that’s 105 years coming at ya”. When asked if he would still like to be going with the Stones in another 25 years time, he said: “I’d would like to. B. B. Kin’s doing it at 87.”

The track ‘Catch The Throne’ features on ‘Most Of My Heroes Don’t Appear On No Stamp’, which is the first of two albums to be released by Public Enemy this year and has been produced by long-time collaborator Gary G-Wiz. The second LP, ‘The Evil Empire Of Everything’, will follow in the autumn.