Chuck D Releases Statement About Flavor Flav: It’s Time To Move On, Flavor Flav Chimes In: He Can’t Fire Me [WATCH]
It was previously reported that Chuck D kicked Flavor Flav out of the group amid a cease-and-desist that Flavor Flav sent to Bernie Sanders. The letter was concerning a flyer that promoted Public Enemy as performers for a presidential campaign event. Read about that here.
Now, Chuck D has released an official statement about Flavor Flav no longer being in the group. He first reiterated that Flavor Flav’s issue with Bernie Sanders didn’t play a factor in the group’s decision. He also explained that Flavor Flav has been “on suspension” for nearly four years.
“Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views.
Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work.”
He continued that Public Enemy Radio has made several appears without Flavor Flav, before he pointed out Flavor Flav’s new stint on WeTV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop.”
“Public Enemy Radio toured Europe and co-headlined with the Wu-Tang Clan in May 2019 without Flavor. They have also done numerous benefit shows without Flavor.
While Public Enemy Radio was moving forward, Flavor Flav was starring on the reality show “Growing up Hip-Hop New York,” where an episode featured his children discussing an intervention and putting him into rehab.
It’s time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well.”
Chuck D along with group members DJ Lord, Jahi, and S1W (James Bomb and Pop Diesel) also signed.
Flavor Flav has since responded.
“I laugh… The reason I laugh is because it’s something that can’t be done. Chuck D doesn’t own the group by [himself]. He just owns the name. He can’t fire me. I’m not his employee, never was his employee, never will be his employee. I’m just his equal partner. It’s not Public Enemy when Chuck D is by [himself]. It’s Public Enemy when Chuck D and Flavor Flav come together.”
To be clear,,,.@MrChuckD can use fake reality tv stories as fact & get who he wants to sign a document, but I've been clean for 10 years & there is no PE w/o Flavor Flav,,,I'm worried about you Chuck,,,you can divide people or bring people together,,,y'all know what side I'm on pic.twitter.com/BCjGHHEDgq
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) March 3, 2020
“The false accusation was Public Enemy will be performing with Bernie Sanders, and that wasn’t true. It was only Chuck D, and whoever he has, performing for Bernie Sanders. I haven’t been on drugs in over 10 years. I’ve been clean. And it feels good to say that.”
He ended with,
“It’s about me sticking up for myself and not being bullied. One thing that I can say, is I love my partner Chuck D, and I’m kinda worried about him right now…”
He added the caption,
“To be clear,,,. @MrChuckDcan use fake reality tv stories as fact & get who he wants to sign a document, but I’ve been clean for 10 years & there is no PE w/o Flavor Flav,,,I’m worried about you Chuck,,,you can divide people or bring people together,,,y’all know what side I’m on”
He also tweeted,
“To all Public Enemy fans and those who request us to perform,,,for the time being if you book Public Enemy, it will ONLY be Chuck D and whoever he says he’s going to bring (maybe),,,it will not be the 2 of us,,,I wish .@mrchuckd luck with his PE Radio & Chuck D endeavors,,,”
What are your thoughts on what Chuck D and Flavor Flav have to say? Tell us in the comments.