Full Sail Welcomed Legendary Rapper and Producer/Business Mogul, Chuck D. to Address Students, Faculty and Staff

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On Friday, May 16, Full Sail University welcomed rapper, actor, producer, radio personality, author and business innovator, Chuck D. to its campus. Chuck visited Full Sail to address students, staff and faculty in the Music Business, Recording Arts and Entertainment Business Degree Programs.

The ability to interact with a noted professional in the industry is just another benefit that sets Full Sail's curriculum apart from other programs.

On Friday, May 16, Full Sail University welcomed rapper, actor, producer, radio personality, author and business innovator, Chuck D. to its campus. Chuck visited Full Sail to address students, staff and faculty in the Music Business, Recording Arts and Entertainment Business Degree Programs.

During his discussion at Full Sail, Chuck urged the students in the audience to become what he called "Artcademics," which is a term he coined to express the need for upcoming members of the industry to redefine their academic skills, continue to be true to their art, and find inspiration from the past, present and future.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Chuck D. transitioned into the realm of music making when he formed the groundbreaking Rap group, Public Enemy, who reached fame in the 1980's. As the principal songwriter and main vocalist, Chuck brought in front man Flavor Flav and Public Enemy released a string of hit albums including 1987's Yo! Bum Rush the Show, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1988; Fear of a Black Planet, 1990; Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black, 1991; Greatest Misses, 1992; Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age, 1994; and in1998, they released the full-length album soundtrack for the motion picture, He Got Game starring Denzel Washington.

Chuck D. also has been a vocal supporter of music on the Internet and file sharing. This is evident in his work with Rapstation.com, a website that houses a multi-format hip hop community that spans the globe. Known for his outspoken lyrics and political activism, Chuck continues to make appearances on TV, radio and college campuses nationwide discussing his vast industry experience and upcoming plans for the future.

"Full Sail University believes in providing unique experiences for our students. Having the opportunity to have Chuck D. visit our campus and share his knowledge with our students was an incredible and memorable experience for all" said Program Director of Music Business, Tim Gregory. "The ability to interact with a noted professional in the industry is just another benefit that sets Full Sail's curriculum apart from other programs."

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 27,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 180-acre campus proudly welcomes over 6,000 students from 50 states and 47 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of thirteen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology (online) and Entertainment Business (online and on-campus).

Students on-campus experience a real world education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the Most Innovative Program Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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