Rev Run recently spoke to Pitchfork, reflecting on hearing Public Enemy for the first time. According to him, the groupâ€™s music was so enthralling to him and the Beastie Boys on tour, theyâ€™d race to listen to it after performing. He even shares that the late Jam Master Jay found Chuck D to be godlike.
â€œI was going on tour with the Beastie Boys, and Chuck D and Hank Shocklee came to meet us at JFK Airport,â€ he began. â€œChuck said, â€˜Yâ€™all gotta hear this,â€™ and they gave Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen a cassette tape of a new record they had just made.â€ He continued, â€œThis song was so captivating and addictive that Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys would rush to the dressing room after the show and listen to it on my JVC boombox.â€ â€œIt wasnâ€™t just a statement about political and social issues,â€ he adds. â€œIt was a statement about how no motherf*ckers could make hip-hop this incredible.â€
Rev Run Recalls Jam Master Jay Calling Chuck D â€œGodâ€
Rev Run also went on to describe how his late group mate reacted upon hearing them for the first time. â€œWhen Jam Master Jay first heard Chuck on â€˜Public Enemy #1,â€™ he said to Rick and Russell: â€˜God has come down from heaven to rock the mic.â€™ This was God putting his foot in every MCâ€™s a**. It was voice, delivery, rhyme, style.â€
The artist continued, citing how Chuck D managed to simultaneously tap into multiple things on the Public Enemy record. â€œWhatâ€™s beautiful is that Chuck said he created the cadence off of Rakim, the God MC,â€ he says. â€œSonically, it was the most powerful, ear-catching, aggressive, complete production of a Hip Hop record. It was mature and youthful. It was who we were before we started making records.â€