STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D (Paperback)

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Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage, etc.) brings his personal insights and social critiques to the page in fierce, passionate, and evocative visual art and prose

"The Public Enemy mastermind combines art and hip-hop rhymes to provide his compelling, personal views on the chaotic years between 2020 and 2022. Though they often feel like diary entries, each installment has an overarching storyline and theme . . . In an engaging, distinctly hip-hop style, Chuck D reveal important lessons from the early pandemic years." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Legendary hip-hop artist and social activist Chuck D has used every opportunity in his groundbreaking career to stand up for civil rights. His rap group Public Enemy is widely regarded as a revolutionary act both in terms of its impact on hip-hop and its use of music to impart a message of race and class equality. The band emerged from the late 1970s/early '80s coalescence of rap, punk, and street art into hip-hop music culture on the East Coast. At the time, Chuck D had completed his BFA in graphic design, and while his music career exploded, his passion for visual art never left his heart.

In February 2020, he turned his gaze once again to the page, and began to fill three 5 x 8 journals with his written and drawn reflections of a world beginning to unravel. STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D recreates format of his original art, combining three full-color paperback bound books into a beautiful box set. The box set is the inaugural offering from Enemy Books, the new Akashic Books imprinted curated by Chuck D.

Spanning the onset of COVID-19 through the first year of the Joe "Bye-Don" administration, Chuck D lends his powerful artistic voice to one of the most tumultuous periods in American history, and puts it in a capsule. Like the neo-expressionist graffiti art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck D's energetic "Naphic Grovels" marry text with drawings, commenting on contemporary events with the same activist instinct that propelled Public Enemy's "music-with-a-message" reputation. His inventive, Amiri Baraka–esque language and accompanying art is also occasionally used as a tool for introspection, providing unparalleled insight into one of the most important cultural figures of our time.

Each journal follows a distinct period in Chuck D's (and America's) life; There's a Poison Goin On chronicles the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, from February–April 2020; 45 Daze of REaD Octobot follow the days leading up to and the aftermath of the historic 2020 election; and Datamber Mindpaper, which focuses on the early days of the Biden administration.

No song may be more reflective of 1980s America than Public Enemy's "Fight the Power;" no document may come to capture our COVID era like Chuck D's STEWdio.

About the Author

CHUCK D is the leader and cofounder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, a social activist, multimedia producer, visual artist, and digital music pioneer. He has been featured in more than one hundred documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race, and cocurated the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts, and the National Alliance of African American Athletes. As part of Public Enemy, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of STEWdio, Summer of Hamn, and RAPilates: Body and Mind Conditioning in the Digital Age.

Praise For…

From Chuck D bearing his heart and soul in a new trilogy to Jason Derulo revealing his fifteen rules to succeeding in life, there are so many good books by Black authors to discover this June. Dive into these ten reads . . . This box set of three full-color paperback bound books is an engaging time capsule capturing the thoughts and artwork Chuck D created from the start of COVID-19 through the first year of the Biden administration. The cofounder and front man of legendary hip hop group Public Enemy unleashes his commentary on contemporary events with the activist instinct that made the hip hop pioneers a social message phenomenon.
— Ebony

Chuck D's excellent STEWdio (yes, Chuck D of Public Enemy) is a literal diary of stray thoughts, three books of them, in a box—and some of the most compelling reading I've done this year. In one-page panels recalling a meld of eighth grade homeroom sketches and the exuberantly unstable lines of Basquiat, Chuck offers portraits of collaborators, tales of loss and quarantine, nights huddled before cable news.

— Chicago Tribune

Chuck D is an artist. And we don't just mean a musical artist, although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has certainly made his mark in that field . . . The rap legend is an actual artist as well—always has been. He studied graphic design as a college student at Adelphi University in the 1980s before his wildly successful musical career took center stage as Public Enemy became international superstars. Chuck D has returned to his artistic roots with the recent release of STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D, out now through Enemy, a new imprint of Akashic books curated by Chuck D. He began the trilogy of journals in 2020, just as COVID-19 was starting to take hold in the country and a new presidential election was on the horizon. The books offer not only a vivid window into Chuck D's art, but also a look back at a nation in crisis, and the daily musings of a revolutionary observer

— Entertainment Weekly

With audacious style, Chuck D—activist and cofounder of Public Enemy—chronicles his personal life and American history as it unfolded during 2020 and early 2022 in this set of three thought-provoking illustrated diary volumes . . . this detailed cultural archive from a revered hip-hop artist will delight his fans.
— Publishers Weekly

In June, he will publish a graphic novel trilogy called STEWdio, a huge three-volume hardback affair about Covid and current affairs that he hoists up to show me. With typical punning wordplay, he calls them 'naphic grovels.'

— Financial Times

From around the start of COVID-19 in early 2000 to late 2022, Chuck D drew his way through those immensely challenging years. The result, STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D, is three volumes of one-hundred-plus, one-page drawings. Each drawing is not only art but serves as part diary, part time capsule, and part activism . . . Chuck D's style can be described as neo-expressionistic, with images and text often intertwined (not entirely unlike famed graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, for example). Chuck D's lines can be lively and kinetic, and sometimes frenetic . . . The art is consistently good . . . In sum, this is a welcome new facet to a storied career. It is undoubtedly a must-have for serious fans of Chuck D and Public Enemy, and it can also be strongly recommended for anyone who wants to see interesting artwork from this period and through some fresh and unique eyes.

— PopMatters
Product Details
ISBN: 9781636141008
ISBN-10: 1636141005
Publisher: Akashic Enemy Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 720
Language: English