Public Enemy front-man Chuck D wrote a touching letter remembering his father, who recently passed at 77.
The intimate letter was published on Public Enemy’s official site. Chuck D calls his father his hero and his Superman. He wrote about his special memories of watching the Super Bowl together just days prior. Chuck says of his father he was an ardent sports fan, rooting for the Mets, the Knicks, the Jets and the Rangers.
Chuck remembers his father as embodying the concept of “100” and said that he drove a cab in New York City in the 1970s during the city’s most dangerous time. Although his father didn’t attended award shows or many concerts, he maintains that his father had a tremendous influence on his life and music.
“When I felt lost and a bit off-track, he had some God-given ability to untwist me and put me back into focus,” he wrote. And later: “He championed young fathers, saying that they deserve more credit in today’s society. He stood up for women, wives, and mothers just as strongly.”
The letter is of considerable length, and shows Chuck in a reflective state of mourning.
Condolences are extended to Chuck D and the entire Ridenhour family.