Tom Morello, Chuck D, Babyface @ Hot Topic's  Music Will 2023 Benefit.

Chuck D Has New Music Coming with The Doors' Drummer John Densmore

Chuck D Has New Music Coming with The Doors' Drummer John Densmore

Published Wed, May 3, 2023 at 6:00 PM EDT

Rock The Bells caught up with Chuck D at the Hot Topic Foundation's Music Will 2023 Benefit where he discussed his forthcoming music.

"I'm actually working with John Densmore of The Doors," he said. "It's a great thing, it's called DOPE — The Doors and P.E. I like to reach for impossible collaborations and we are the D Brothers, Densmore and Chuck D."

Chuck also said that for now, he's limiting his musical collaborations and focusing more on art.

"The world is open, but I do a lot of art, and I think that art collaborations are more in the speed of what I'll do as opposed to music collaborations, which I'm always open to do."

I've heard Doors songs all my life, but I met John years ago when I was a Record Store Day ambassador.

- Chuck D

Chuck recently released a fine art book, LIVIN’ LOUD–ARTitation, which features over 250 of the Hip-Hop legend's paintings, sketches and drawings.

“In the last six years, I've reverted back into the arts, combining all of these elements in my work, still trying to change the world. This is truly what I want to do," he said in a statement.

Everything from oil paintings of 1950s baseball fields to pencil sketches of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and the Beastie Boys appears in the book. Chuck also share anecdotes and discuss the connotations behind the art.

Chuck's journey into the arts began years ago when he attended Adelphi University in Long Island, where he studied graphic design, deepening his interests in the medium. His book is the culmination of a string of his exhibitions appearing at Gallery 30 South, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects Gallery and Adelphi University.  

In other Chuck D news, he launched a social media app recently that he refers to as a "culture media" app called Bring The Noise, named after the popular Public Enemy song of the same name. Chuck sat down with Chris Cuomo of News Nation and discussed the venture which he believes will take people to a better space to exchange ideas.

"It's a cultural media app, and I feel that cultural media is greater than social media," he explained. "With social media, everybody is in the sandbox. Not saying that people can't do or say whatever [they please], but the stripper pole is right next to the sandbox it's just too much." Chuck says that culture media focuses on music craft and art, and is more engaging to those 35 and older."

Additional reporting by Jake Rohn.

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