The Hip Hop Group Make Public Their Decision To Move Forward Without Their Rapper Bandmate Just Hours After Chuck D Threatens To Give Him ‘A Year To Get His Act Together.’
Public Enemy has fired rapper Flavor Flav after more than 35 years with the band, following a row surrounding their support for U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Things kicked off when Flav sent a cease-and-desist notice to Sanders, telling him to stop using Public Enemy’s name and his likeness in campaign propaganda, after the group’s co-founder Chuck D signed up to perform with offshoot band Public Enemy Radio at a Los Angeles rally for Sanders on Sunday, March 01.
However, many media reports and posters promoting the event simply noted the appearance of Public Enemy – leading Flav to employ his lawyers to issue a legal warning.
Chuck then hit back at his original bandmate, with his attorney insisting he “could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to” because “he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark”, and later clarified on Twitter that his issues with Flav’s stance don’t stem from their political beliefs.
While Chuck had originally threatened to give Flav “a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out”, it seems things quickly escalated in the following hours, with a brief statement issued on Sunday confirming the group would be “moving forward” without the rapper.
“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the statement read. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
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Official Statement; 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. 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.
Flav has yet to respond to the unceremonious firing on his social media pages.