Keynote Conversation: Chuck D

Keynote conversation with Chuck D

Hip Hop Icon Chuck D joins Josh Antonuccio of the School of Media Arts & Studies for a discussion about his remarkable trajectory in the pantheon of music and culture, as well as the wide-ranging success of Public Enemy, and more recently, his work with Prophets of Rage featuring members of Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill.




Chuck D is the leader and co founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer.

Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. In 2013, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Public Enemy and was recently named Celebrity Board Chairman of the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum under development in the Bronx.  

 For the past five years, he has hosted On the Real/Off the Record for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures of our time have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the US. His recent book, This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History was released in 2017.  He is the host of the new original podcast series Stay Free: The Story of The Clash available exclusively through Spotify.




Josh Antonuccio has spent the last two decades in the music and media industry as a producer, engineer, musician, journalist and media and technology adventurist. He teaches Recording Industry and Music Production courses and has created multiple Place-Based courses for Ohio University, including the OHIO SXSW trip, MDIA Production Masterclasses in Austin and NYC, and the newly created Bonnaroo/Forecastle Music Industry Masterclass. Since 2004, he has been the owner of 3 Elliott Studio where he has produced, engineered, and performed with a multitude of signed and independent artists and has worked on post-production for nationally-distributed films.

He has interviewed notable creative media leaders for numerous news outlets and is the creator and host of the Scripps Visiting Artist Series, which he co-produces with Bob Boilen of NPR Music, bringing prominent artists to Ohio University for interview and performance events. Antonuccio is the producer and host of The WOUB Public Media Gladden House Sessions, the widely-heralded music and interview video series shot live at the Nelsonville Music Festival.

Antonuccio is a GRAMMY-voting member of NARAS, a member of ASCAP and AES, and advises both the Women in Music Industry student organization and advises and oversees Brick City Records, Ohio University's premier student-run record label.