Over-saturation has plagued Hip-Hop for the last decade, but it comes as a relief effort that Public Enemy has been good for almost an album year since their independency from Def Jam in 1999. Chuck D and his brethren have earned it whether these works are written and produced by Paris, whether theyre remixed by Internet producers, whether theyre revisits to the 88 sound or pushing envelopes, all works are performed, toured, dissected, and as sincere as the first time Chuck raised a fist and Flav adorned a giant-sized time-piece. Amidst a twentieth anniversary, Public Enemy doesnt rest, they release. This summer will see How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul. The album marks a reunion with seminal behind-the-scenes Public Enemy producer Gary G-Wiz and an explosive sound that pitch-perfectly matches the lyrical aggression and rich social textures. Ask Chuck D about it, and its just good music with a message. Every year, I look forward to another P.E. album and another boundless conversation with one of Pop cultures most recognizable and guiding voices.AllHipHop.com: Youve got this track on the new album, Black is Back which is another fusion of rap and Rock. Thats something that youve been doing since Bring the Noise and before. With all thats going on in the mainstream fusing those two genres, what do you think is the social need or purpose in blending those worlds?Chuck D: Music is music, and if you know your musical history, you know, quite evidently, that Black music is a source of Rock & Roll. Ignorance is the thing that says that there shouldnt be any guitar in Black music. Thats an ignorant gesture that shows that a lot of folks aint clued into their history. We as Black folks arent as clued in as much as we should be, and everybody else seems to fall for the oblivious fact that guitar and Rock & Roll aint got nothing to do with us. One thing that we do as guys in the genre of rap music and Hip-Hop is return it to the roots. The root, as Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc would say, is a knowledge of records. If you have a knowledge of records, you have a knowledge of not only the recording artist, but a knowledge of the musicians involved in making these things that we call beats and grooves. I think thats an important gesture to say that we can point to The Who as much as we can point to James Brown as much as we can point to a A Tribe Called Quest as much as we can point to Jerry Lee Lewis; its all really based out of The Blues. Long story short, Paine, our whole thing is releasing songs, playing around the world, furthering our message.This is Gary G-Wizs record and almost like an eclipse, every seven years Gary G-Wiz does an album. Hes been in there a long time. Everybody else, like Johnny Juice and Keith Shocklee will do something on the next record, so we dont at one record being better than another. We just look at it as to how it breaks down in how we perform it and how we talk about it.AllHipHop.com: The seven year eclipse. I like that. This album has a very 70s Soul and 80s percussion vibe about that. At what stage in the album-making process did you determine that backdrop?Chuck D: It was basically determined based on the textures and feels of the people inside [Public Enemy]. We dont get outside producers. Were in 2007, youve got a million producers out there anyway, and weve got our own [staff]. We compete and collaborate with each other like Motown [Records] did. Its up to me to be able to say, Well, this texture is gonna signify the point of view of this album. I think the determining fact is also that were not trying to prove anything to anybody, and were not trying to be judged by anybody; were just trying to do our thing and do our thing well. The proof is in the pudding when we take it to the stage to actually perform what we create. Thats how and when we know weve done our job.AllHipHop.com: In addition to releasing this album, how else are you celebrating Public Enemys twentieth anniversary?Chuck D: By being in the United States. [Laughs] Were gonna cement a lot of main events in the United States and high-profile things. Weve been fortunate enough to choose our position and choose our points. Weve always been able to tour whenever we wanted to, wherever we wanted to, and make records whenever and however we wanted to. This year, our twentieth year, were gonna anchor down in the United States. Youve gotta be ready for all the people who are not privy to things, the people who wait for BET and MTV or Rolling Stone or their local urban radio stations to tell them that were here. People act like weve been gone; were right here. Were touring, were very easy to contact. All theyve got to do is go to the oldest website for a group and thats PublicEnemy.com. Our innovations were so vast and so early that by the time people got acclimated, they werent able to point to the beginning-point of it other than their own. Were cool with that though. Our thing is to not even do things for ourselves, our thing was always to create avenues and roads that solved problems.AllHipHop.com: Theres something on this album, lyrically, that I found very interesting. In two places, on Can You Hear Me Now? and on the albums closing refrain that you dont play videogames. I have to ask, as somebody who feels similarly, why not?Chuck D: [Laughs] You really listened to the album! Number one, Im old. Number two, it takes up too much of my time. Im not gonna say I dont like them. I think I would have liked them so much that Id become addicted and I wouldnt do s**t. You have to make up your mind, Paine. Youre a writer. Its all about time; you cant create more time than what time is. Youve got 24 hours in a day. Its one thing having something thats a relief, its another if youre not having time to create. Youre a writer, and every minute of your time, you need to be locking yourself away. If youre spending time on somebody elses creation, and you cant process what you just your spent your time doing, then it doesnt mean anything. It was escapism like a mothaf**ka! I drifted into this point to get away, and I dont know how to equate to what I just did into anything other than being a relief. Nah, I dont play videogames because to me, its a waste of my time. Theres other ways that I relax than that. This is no knock; I just did a voiceover for Midway for NBA Ballers. But hey, I dont play the game. I dont have that expendable time like that. Id rather spend that time taking my woman out or some s**t like that or watching a game. I dont have boys; we dont sit around the table just shooting the s**t. We go around the world when we get together and after we finish being P.E., we go back to our individual families. I dont spend around a lot of males just talking about s**t.AllHipHop.com: Youre an avid sports fan. ESPN has been spotlighting Henry Aarons record-breaking homerun against Barry Bonds impending record. Im from Pittsburgh originally, so I may be biased Chuck D: Oh, well there you go. Did you know that the reason I wear my [Pirates] hat is because of Roberto Clemente?AllHipHop.com: Thats ill. The first time I bought a P.E. album, it was because I saw you wearing that hat.[Both laugh]AllHipHop.com: Aaron faced a lot of racial prejudice in an overt way. Barry Bonds has faced steroid scrutiny. Who would you rather see hold the record? Chuck D: I grew up with Hank Aaron; I remember when he hit the homerun, and I cheered for him. Straight up and down, man. Barry Bonds, there aint never been like him in sports. I used to say that about Michael Jordan, but I aint never seen nothin like Barry Bonds, man, ever! Its to the point where the dude is 40-something-years-old and the best way to pitch to him is to not. [Laughs] I dont know. Its America its the old boys network rearing its ugly head because of jealousy. To me, Barry Bonds, signifies the middle-finger. You hate me so much but you cant stop me. [Laughs] Seriously man, I aint never seen nothing like Barry Bonds, and I been a baseball aficionado since the beginning! I can reverberate baseball history to you like few other. But there aint no answer for baseball. Hes the greatest hitter, greatest ballplayer of all-time. I was a big Bobby Bonds fan [Barrys father] too. This cat is insane! Baseballs just gotta figure out how to fix its game, not that I ought to talk cause theyre doing a lot better than rap. [Laughs] Its a tragedy when it ignores its all-time hit-leader and all-time homerun leader. Then what the f**k do you have?