Featured Artists

Meet some of the people featured in COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS.

Public Enemy (Chuck D, Hank Shocklee and Harry Allen)

Public Enemy — represented in the film by vocalist Chuck D, producer Hank Shocklee and hip-hop activist and writer Harry Allen — is one of the most influential hip-hop groups of the past 30 years.

Jeff Chang

Author and commentator Jeff Chang wrote an award-winning history of hip-hop culture, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, and co-founded the indie record company SoleSides, which launched the careers of artists such as DJ Shadow.

George Clinton

George Clinton helped invent the genre of funk with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic (collectively known as P-Funk); his music has been sampled in several important hip-hop songs.

De La Soul

This Long Island hip-hop group helped set a high bar for sampling artistry with their 1989 debut album 3 Feet High and Rising.

DJ Qbert

Widely recognized as one of the world’s best DJs, this member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz had to retire from DJ battles because no one could beat him.

Miho Hatori

Miho was half of the inventive duo Cibo Matto, a band that artfully integrated samples into live instrumentation with albums such as Viva! La Woman released in 1996.


One-third of the defunct underground hip-hop group Company Flow, producer and MC, El-P has since released several solo albums and founded the indie hip-hop record label Def Jux.

DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, is a conceptual artist, writer and musician living and working in New York City, whose work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Andy Warhol Museum and many other venues.

Clyde Stubblefield

Perhaps the world’s most sampled drummer, Clyde Stubblefield is an influential drummer whose work with James Brown helped create the blueprint for hip-hop.

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