Back in February, I had the opportunity to interview legendary hip-hop performer Chuck D of Public Enemy. Chuck D was speaking at Eckerd College in St Petersburg. Thanks to the folks at WMNF 88.5, Tampa's community radio station, I was able to get 15 minutes of Chuck D's time and ask him about his relationship with Kenny K Waters, Tampa's first hip-hop DJ.
On my list of interesting people I've had a chance to interview, Chuck D is on the top. Chuck was exceptionally courteous, give me time when everyone else wanted to talk or take pictures with him. And he gave great answers, especially considering we were talking about an old friend who passed away over 20 years ago.
This video is being posted now to raise awareness for this year's Kenny K Celebration and Concert taking place on October 25th in Tampa. This year's event is especially notable as it is the first time Shock G of Digital Underground will be making an appearance. According to the Facebook page on the event:
Kenny was the 1st DJ in Tampa to bring Hip Hop to the radio via WMNF.org 88.5 FM and expose the Tampa Metro area to the innovative hip hop coming from the east as well as the west. Kenny was also a founding member of the legendary rap group, Digital Underground, whose hits like 'Humpty Dance' and 'Doowhatchulike' as well as helping to start the career of 2Pac, cemented their place in history.
For more on Kenny K, check out my interview with Chuck D: