PE Pays Homage to the 'Father of Rock', Chuck Berry Passes Away at 90
This day in hip-hop pays tribute to the timeless Blues and Rock n' Roll singer, songwriter, guitar player, and overall music legend, Chuck Berry, who passed on March 18th at age 90.
Often esteemed as the “Father of Rock,” Chuck established the currently prominent genre through his distinct brand of innovative bluesy sounds, serenading the world through classics like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and the vastly-acclaimed, “Johnny B Goode.”
When news of his passing arrived, musicians and artists of all ages and genres made sure Chuck's legacy lived on, taking to social media to voice out their thoughts and pass on condolences. Among the hundreds of thousands raising their voices was Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Chuck tweets, “RIP King of Rock & Roll, Mr. Chuck Berry. On behalf of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage,” ending his post by sharing some neon-inspired artwork that he thought “fitting” to serve his form of salutations to rock n' roll founder.
The art piece shows Chuck Berry made ever alive through bright strokes of red and yellow, perhaps signifying the high-energy antics and supercharged performances that the music world all came to love.
With more than sixty years in the game, Chuck Berry garnered a multitude of awards and accolades, such as being inducted into both the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, as well as The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame. In 1985, Berry also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nevertheless, Chuck Berry's legacy will live on through every voice raised in salutation towards the to beloved Founder Father of Rock n' Roll.
By Jods Arboleda for Public Enemy.com