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(rapper, producer, and author)

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (Chuck D) is an American rapper, producer, and author.

Relationship Facts of Chuck D

Chuck D is married to Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson.
He is father of Three.
Chuck D is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Chuck D's Wife?

Chuck D is a married man. He is married to Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson.

She is an associate professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California.

This couple together has three children.

Chuck D: Biography in Details

Who is Chuck D?

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (Chuck D) is an American rapper, producer, and author. People mostly know him as the leader of the rap group ‘Public Enemy’.

He was ranked at No. 12 on The Source’s list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists of All Time.

Chuck D: Age, Parents, Ethnicity, Education

Ridenhour was born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Flushing, New York City, New York on August 1, 1960. He was born to parents Judy and Lorenzo Ridenhour.

He became interested in the world of music during his childhood years and began writing rhymes at an early age.

Additionally, he is of American nationality. Furthermore, he belongs to an African-American ethnic background.

Talking about his education, Ridenhour attended Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School.

Additionally, he also attended Adelphi University on Long Island to study graphic design.

Eventually, Chuck D received a B.F.A. from Adelphi in 1984. Furthermore, in 2013, he also received an honorary doctorate from Adelphi.

Chuck D: Professional life, Career

Chuck D insisted on signing Ridenhour on his Def Jam label after hearing his demo track ‘Public Enemy Number One.

Since then, he has released several albums including ‘Yo! Bum Rush the Show, ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, ‘Fear of a Black Planet, ‘Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black’, ‘Muse’s Sick-n-Hour Mess Age’, ‘He Got Game, ‘There’s a Poison Goin’ On’, ‘And revolverlution’, among others.

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Apart from his career in music, Ridenhour has also appeared in several movies and television series.

He has appeared in movies, documentaries, and TV series like ‘Prophets of Rage au Zénith de Paris’, ‘The Bet’, ‘Heights Girl’, ‘30 for 30’, ‘Swing Lowe Sweet Chariote’, ‘The Playlist’, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’, ‘The Quiet Arrangement’, ‘City Teacher’, and ‘Johnny Bravo’ among others.

Ridenhour is also politically active. He is on the board of the TransAfrica Forum.


Ridenhour garnered the OFTA Television Award nomination in 2001. Furthermore, he also received an Emmy Award nomination in 2007.

His song ‘Public Enemy’ received three American Music Award nominations.

Chuck D: Salary, Net Worth

Chuck D  has not revealed his current salary.

However, he has an estimated net worth of around $14 million at present.

Chuck D: Rumors and Controversy

The rap group ‘Public Enemy’ has been surrounded by numerous controversies over the years.

Additionally, Ridenhour’s several comments on social media have also been criticized many times.

At present, there are no rumors concerning his life and career.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

Talking about his body measurement, Chuck D has a height of 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 75 kg.

Additionally, his hair color is black and his eye color is dark brown.

Social Media

Chuck D is active on social media. He has a huge number of followers on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter as well as Instagram.

Chuck D has more than 686.3k followers on Twitter.

In addition, he has more than 665k followers on Instagram. Similarly, his Facebook page has more than 500k followers.


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