Chuck D Tweets “RIP, Alan Colmes”
A somber note fell upon the news world when not so long ago, veteran television expert and personality, Alan Colmes, was heard to have passed away at age 66.
Most prominent for his role as one-half of the Fox News hit-segment Hannity and Colmes, audiences came to know Colmes for his iconic leftward-conservative views that contributed well to his news shows, but what audiences fail to recognize is the man's significant role linked to the world of hip-hop—particularly with Chuck D and Public Enemy.
Listed off the timeless PE record Fear of a Black Planet is a track titled “Incident at 66.6 FM.” Surprise, surprise: That's Mr. Colmes on the track.
“'Incident At 66.6 FM' was actually a live radio interview that I did at WNBC in New York before a show we did with Run-DMC at Nassau Coliseum,” explained Chuck in an interview with Billboard, “Those people you hear in the record actually called the station.”
He continues, “One person called and said, 'I don't believe these guys you have on your show. I seen them with the Beastie Boys, a couple of people were wearing their shirts and I think they're scum.' Another person called up and said, 'Yeah, PE in full effect.' All that was real.”
Against his knowledge, Colmes discovered his voice sampled on the track, which triggered some lasting tension between the news man and PE. According to legend, the tension died out when Chuck and Colmes met at Fox News back in '98, wherein an uncanny friendship surfaced between the two, and eventually led to Colmes' reprising role in the band's 2004 album New Whirl Odor.
The news man also had a thing to say regarding PE, as well as his unpredicted place in hip-hop. “Chuck D of Public Enemy took an interview we did on WNBC and sampled it, I was upset that I hadn't been asked permission and felt I was taken out of context and made to sound smarmy.”
He laughs, “I wanted to sue but WNBC was Emmis Broadcasting and then Infinity, and they owned the material and didn't want to proceed. Chuck and I now laugh about it. He claims he made me internationally famous.”
Upon learning of Alan Colmes' passing, Chuck immediately took to social media where he paid tribute to the Fox News personality. “RIP Alan Colmes. We made peace when we both worked at FOX in 98-99 and he reemerged again in 2004 on New Whirl Odor.”
By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com