Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known by his stage name Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy. About.com ranked him #9 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #12 on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists of All Time.
- Born: August 1, 1960 (age 56), Queens
- Spouse: Gaye Theresa Johnson
- Aliases: Carl Ryder, Carlton D. Ridenhour, Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, Chuck D., Chuck Dangerous, Chucky D, Mistachuck, Public Enemy Number One, The Hard Rhymer, The Rhyme Animal, The Voice of Power
- Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75m)
- Genre: Hip hop music