Shepard Fairey pays tribute to his favorite MC, Chuck D and his favorite hip-hop album of all time, “It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy, for the 30th year anniversary the album coming up on June 28.
"Chuck D has long been a hero of mine as founder and lead rapper of Public Enemy, as an outspoken social and political voice, as an activist, and now as co-vocalist of Prophets of Rage. I’m always looking for excuses to collaborate with Chuck and celebrate his influence on me and culture in general, so I was very happy to work with him and Janette Beckman, whose hip-hop and punk photography I’ve loved for years. With the 30 year anniversary of Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” coming up on June 28, I decided one of Janette’s photos of Chuck from that time would be great for me to illustrate as a tribute to my favorite MC and my favorite hip-hop album of all time. If you don’t own Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back,” learn what music at the pinnacle of it’s sonic, political, and revolutionary potential can be. Proceeds from this print will go to Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). All prints signed by Shepard, Janette Beckman and Chuck D. Thanks for the inspiration Chuck!"