Chuck D

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, popularly known as Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He is famous as a result of being the rap group leader of Public Enemy, founded in 1985 with Flavor Flav. He is responsible for politically and socially creating hip hop music in the mid-1980s. He has been ranked by The Source at no. 12 of 50 top hip hop lyricists of all times.

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Biography and Early Life

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour was born on 1 August 1960 in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Lorenzo and Judy Ridenhour. His siblings are a brother named Eric. Rapping was not so popular during his youth, but he began writing rhymes when he was seventeen. This was the period after the New York City blackout in 1977.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Chuck D in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Chuck D’s age is 61 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 1 August 1960. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 175 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 166 lbs in Pound and 75 kg in Kilograms.


Talking of Chuck D’s education, he attended W. Tresper Clarke High School. He later enrolled at Adelphi University to study graphic design, where he met William Drayton, who would later go by the name Flavor Flav. In 1984, he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. He later returned to Adelphi to receive his honorary doctorate in 2013.

While in university, he co-hosted the Super Spectrum Mix Hour Show using the name Chuck D, and the name stuck. He also drew cartoons on The Delphian student Newspaper called Tale of the Skind.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Ridenhour tries to keep his personal information away from the limelight of the public. However, it is clear that he has been married to one Gaye Theresa Johnson.  He has tried by all means to remain private, but rumors are there that he has three daughters with his wife. He has not announced it himself about his family.

Between December 2017 and January 2018, he lost his home in Thomas Fire. Currently, he lives in California.

Is Chuck D Gay?

Chuck D is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has not had such rumors. Though he is not that open about his personal life, he is a married man. Rumors say that he has three daughters though it has not been affirmed.

Professional Career

After his college career, he formed Public Enemy in 1985 together with Flavor Flav. After hearing the “Public Enemy Number One” truck, Rick Rubin requested to sign him to his Def Jam label. Upon being signed in, they released their major label, “Yo! Burn Rush the Show,” in 1987. This was followed by “It Takes a Nation Millions to Hold us Back” in 1988 and “Fear of a Black Planet” in 1990.

In his acting career, he took part in some episodes of the PBS documentary series, The Blues. He has collaborated with various artists to appear on their videos. Alongside Flavor Flav, they appeared on George Clinton’s song, “Tweakin.” He was the executive producer of “Em Running Scared,” an album by Ichiban Records group.

He released Autobiography of Mistachuck in 1996 on Mercury Records. His voice was used by Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea as DJ Forthright MC. He wrote the foreword of the book, The Love Ethics, by Kamau and Akilah Butler in 2009. He joined the Prophet of Rage Band in 2016.


Chuck D has been successful in his career and won various awards and nominations. He has received four Grammy Nominations. He was ranked no. 12 by The Source on the list of 50 top hip hop lyricists of all times. His popularity has also made him collaborate with several popular artists as well.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Chuck D in 2021

Charles Ridenhour has made a remarkable amount of wealth from his successful career. As of 2021, He has an estimated net worth of $15 million and is among the wealthiest rappers. He has acquired his wealth from the sale of his albums and also from the concerts he performs. He also gets some income from music royalties. He is expected to increase his net worth as he continues to grow his career.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Chuck D wanted to become a sports announcer, and it was accomplished in 2008 after he recorded play-to-play commentary for a basketball video game.
  • HR is politically active. He co-hosted Unfiltered on Air America Radio. He also participated in the 2004 rap political convention.
  • He strictly follows a vegetarian diet and considers seafood as the only source of meat.

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour has succeeded in becoming one of the most intelligent and powerful persons in the rapping industry and especially rapping. His contribution to the rap and pop industry will continue to be felt even after becoming inactive in this field.


Facts of Carlton Douglas Ridenhour

  • Gender Male
  • full nameCarlton Douglas Ridenhour
  • birthplaceQueens, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth August 01, 1960
  • Age 63 years 9 months
  • Horoscope Leo
  • Lucky Number 7
  • Lucky Stone Ruby
  • Lucky Color Gold
  • Best Match for Marriage Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionUnknown
  • net worth$15 million
  • professionAmerican rapper, author, and producer
  • weightIn Kilograms – 75 Kg, In Pounds – 166 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 175 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
  • hair colorBald
  • eye colorDark brown
  • high schoolW. Tresper Clarke High School

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