Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy in 2014; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFlavor Flav is not feeling Chuck D after being fired from the pioneering hip-hop group Public Enemy.
The rapper and hype man took to Twitter on Monday evening to address the matter, declaring “there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”
“Mr Chuck D, are you kidding me right now???, over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS???,,,all because I don’t wanna endorse a candidate,” Flav wrote. “I’m very disappointed in you and your decisions right now Chuck.”
For Flav, the matter began after he sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Sanders campaign on Friday, accusing them of the “unauthorized use of his likeness, image and trademarked clock” in promoting a Sanders campaign event, which took place Sunday. Flavor also said he personally hadn’t endorsed any presidential candidate.
“I didn’t sue you on Friday. I asked the Bernie Sander campaign to correct misleading marketing. That’s all it was,” Flavor tweeted Monday. “I’m not your employee, I’m your partner, you can’t fire me, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav, so let’s get it right Chuck.”
But Chuck D asserts he can do as he pleases as the “sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark.” He released a statement on Instagram Monday that read, “Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views.” He claimed Flav had been on suspension since 2016 for missing benefit concerts, recording sessions, and tour performances, accusing him of choosing “to party over work.”
Chuck tweeted Sunday, “If there was a $bag, Flav would’ve been there front & center,” before saying he “better find REHAB.”
Flav disputed those claims, saying he wasn’t on drugs and has been sober for 10 years. “I have battled addiction before and like millions of other Americans I know the massive toll it takes. Chuck you know better than to lie about s*** like that, he tweeted.
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