Chris Rock Says He Was Jumped Into A Gang and Claims Melle Mel Hated On Hip-Hop Group Public Enemy
(AllHipHop News) The 51-year-old comedian, who grew up on Decatur Street in Brooklyn, said that he was very influenced by Hip-Hop music in his early days.
According to Chris Rock, it was not uncommon for him to mimic pioneering Bronx-bred DJ, Grandmaster flash, since Rock himself “wasn’t a gifted rapper.”
“I was a pretty pretty decent DJ, because I was from that era,” Chris Rock told Questlove. “Everybody on my block, we would go to see [Grandmaster] Flash and we would basically do whatever Flash did the next day.”
According to Chris, growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970’s and 80’s was no easy task. He was even jumped into a gang.
“I walked through the gauntlet and got beat up and whatever and you’re in the gang, right? I wasn’t a gang follow-up guy. A gang is like anything else, you got to follow-up,” Chris Rock said with a bit of humor.
Before working as a comedian, Chris Rock worked for UPS. But he soon realized that working a 9-to-5 wasn’t for him, and that he would end up dead or in jail, if he did not try his hand at comedy.
In the beginning of his career, Chris said that he would frequently party with a number of rap legends at the famed Latin Quarters night club in New York.
According to Chris, it wasn’t uncommon for him to hang with Queen Latifah, Kid-N-Play, MC Lyte, Heavy D. or the black militant group, X Clan.
Chris Rock also relayed a story that claimed that Furious 5 group member Melle Mel was a hater on legendary group Public Enemy, specifically when their classic Hip-Hop track open “Rebel Without a Pause” was released.
“Melle Mel get pissed the f##k off every time he heard that s##t because he thought Chuck was taking his s##t, and that motherf##ker would walk to the DJ booth and skip the record.”