Today in Hip Hop History: Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’

Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin' (2010)

August 2, 2010

Legendary MC Chuck D, aka Mistachuck, released his second solo album, Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’, through Slam Jamz Records in 2010. The album was released the day after his 50th birthday.

Fellow Public Enemy member Professor Griff appears on the album, as does Kyle “Ice” Jason. Other guest features included Fine Arts Militia, Jahi, Heet Mob, and Johnny “Juice” Rosado.

Within his solo project is a collection of some new and some old song written and recorded. Chuck D explained this conceptual album with:

 As I feel one at a time recording is reflective of what appetite is out there in the industry. It has been a singles marketplace for 10 years largely because of the internet. I’m down with that one at a time thought process as I am with the creation of conceptual albums, knowing that they are 2 different breeds.

Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’ was a breath of fresh air for old school hip hop heads. Mistachuck included DJ breakdowns, courtesy of DJ Johnny Juice, in addition to other sonical instances of ‘bringing it back to the old school’. Despite this, Chuck D emphasized that he does not release his solo albums for success as a solo artist; rather, he does it on the side, still as a part of Public Enemy, as a way of releasing tracks that he crafted by himself.

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