Don’t Rhyme For The Sake Of Riddlin’—Mistachuck (2010)
“We are in some different times. I don’t believe the album format is the format that actually rides with this time. I believe in making one song at a time. But I made a few songs over the course of the last 10 years that I compiled into an album called Don’t Rhyme For The Sake of Riddlin’. It contains some songs I did with the Fine Arts Militia. And I also took some songs I did with [our rock group project] Confrontation Camp.
Today people are used to having accessibility in their pockets. They can get the sights, the sounds, the texts…the full 360 degrees of artistry coming at them and from all different angles. So I’m a one-song-at-a-time kind of dude. If you ask me personally, deep down the album is not the format of the day. I believe that when you see something going on, if you could write about it, record it and release it on the Internet the next day that’s how records should be made today.
We will be making Public Enemy records for the next two or three years. Because we know there our constituency is accustomed to the album format. And we know we come from that understanding of that format. The Public Enemy album we are working on now is called Most of Our Heroes Don’t Appear On A Stamp. It’s a work in progress and slated for October 2012. But there’s a bunch of other things we have been doing. No. 1 we waved the flag and tooted the horn when it came to the power of the music on the Internet to set artists free.
We’ve been building portals and networks. We built hiphopgods.com, which plays classic rap. You have a lot of artists from the classic era still doing new recording and new videos, so not only do we promote their classic stuff, we promote their new music. It’s the same thing with women in hip-hop. We created shemovement.com, which showcases women of hip-hop everywhere. We wanted to build a destination that would showcase their artistry and craft across the world. Public Enemy is starting our 77th tour in July in Europe and in South America. When people call me a legend I tell them I’m just a regular cat just like you. All that legend shit don’t work. When you are being stopped my the cops they just say, ‘Let me see your license and registration [laughs].’”