Chuck D’s Presidential Ambitions

‘The last time Chuck was a vital figure in rap was maybe fifteen years ago; he has exactly none of Jay’s glamor, and it’s hard to imagine a younger generation of rappers flocking to the label with him in charge. He’s also got a long history of questionable business decisions behind him: doing the (underrated) He Got Game soundtrack, releasing an internet-only album before most of the people who would’ve cared had figured the internet out, endorsing those Rio mp3 players that no one bought, hosting a show on Air America, failing to talk Flavor Flav out of becoming VH1’s ironic mascot. And still, it’s not entirely impossible to imagine Chuck getting the job, partly because the music business is in such a chaotic funk that anything could potentially happen and party because he has a few good ideas.’

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