Chuck D Responds To Flavor Flav’s Version Of Public Enemy…


The legendary rap rabble-rousers Public Enemy had a strange public spat last year before releasing What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, their guest-heavy return to Def Jam Records.

After Public Enemy was announced to perform at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, longtime hypeman (and one-time reality TV celebrity) Flavor Flav loudly objected, claiming that he didn’t want to be associated with Sanders’ campaign.

The gig turned out to feature Chuck D’s PE offshoot Public Enemy Radio. This resulted in Flav’s dismissal from the group, followed by the claim that the dismissal was a ruse to promote the new album.

Now it appears that Chuck D and Flavor Flav are feuding. TMZ published Flav’s claim this morning that Chuck is preventing a reunion tour between the two rappers by refusing to sign a partnership agreement. Here’s Flav discussing the situation with TMZ at LAX:

Now, through his publicist, Chuck D has shared the following response:

Come on, you guys. This is a waste of time and energy. I normally don’t address these issues in public because Flav and I communicate privately, but I’m tired of the circus of airing news that isn’t news, so I’m going to keep it factual here. Flav sues the people he works with, so he decided it was time for me in 2017. In 2020, the judge dismissed the case with prejudice, which means it is now permanent.

Over. He won’t be able to file again. He was defeated. Even after all of this, even after all of Flav’s years of doing the bare minimum while constantly demanding the bare minimum, I continue to work with him. But now is the moment to make a difference. Nobody else in the situation can be expected to pick up his slack. The word “work” is a significant term in “Brothers Gonna Work It Out.” Regardless, we’ll always be brothers, but Flav has to do the job, and there’s no getting down without the labor. It’s as simple as that.

During the drama with Flav last year, Chuck D stated that Flav was not dismissed because of his political views and that he has been “on suspension” since 2016. Given the high rate of death among renowned rap elders in recent years, it would be great to see these two onstage together while they’re both still alive.

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