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Professor Griff

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Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin is an American rapper and spoken word artist, and is a former member of the rap group Public Enemy and head of the Security of the First World.

Early life

A childhood friend of Carlton “Chuck D” Ridenhour, Griffin Goudreau was exposed to hip-hop as it came to the Long Island, New York town of Roosevelt, where most of the founding members of Public Enemy grew up. By the 1980s, Griffin had become a martial arts enthusiast as well as having done a stint in the U.S. Army.

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After coming home, he started a security service to work the local party circuit, calling it Unity Force. Chuck D was then a part of the Spectrum City DJ-for-hire service led by Hank Shocklee, and Spectrum City and Unity Force frequently worked side-by-side at local events. When Public Enemy was formed and signed to Def Jam, Chuck D invited Griffin to be a sideman. Unity Force was renamed “Security of the First World”, or S1W for short. The S1W’s were brought along, and became a curious combination of bodyguards/dancers for the band. Their stage routines were a loose combination of martial arts, military drill and “step show” dances lifted from black college fraternities.

While technically not a signed artist at Def Jam, he was nonetheless a key traveling member of the band, serving as de facto road manager for several years.

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  • cybertoke

    I don't care much for rap myself but this artist looks to be one of the good ones, speaking the truth, instead of the usual programming crap rap that is being promoted/sponsored by corporations to further degenerate our youth.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    asides from the CRAZY afrocentricity, his solo material is quite good.

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MuuhdistMonk

    Professor Griff speaks the truth!

    18 Mar 2009 Reply

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