Autobiography of Mistachuck—Chuck D (1996)
“I was basically just doing a solo project. The Autobiography of Mistachuck gave me a chance to do some records I wouldn’t normally do as Public Enemy. It was a great relationship also meeting up and working with Danny Goldberg who was the President of Mercury Records at the time. People that were working inside Mercury were wonderful. It was a great situation. It’s not about who I did the record deal with. It’s about the conversations that we had. People respected my point of view and I respected there’s.
When I was writing ‘No’ I was very much influenced by this song called ‘Broken Language’ by Smoothe Da Hustler. It allowed me to go into the studio with a different vocal and lyrical technique. I thought that I could put my own twist on it and say something that was prevalent. Making a song that says something and means something was no. 1 on my agenda. I actually met the maker of that track…a young brother by the name of Harrison. He gave me a demo of his tracks at the end of a symposium at Howard University. We listened to his demo driving up from D.C. Harrison delivered the track and we re-arranged it in some areas. I haven’t heard from him since, but I’ve tried to reach out to him. ‘No’ has become a favorite of mines. I enjoyed shooting the video and doing it live as well.”