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Public Enemy Part Ways With Flava Flav

Monday, 02 March 2020 Written by Helen Payne

Photo: Chuck D Twitter

Public Enemy have parted ways with Flava Flav.

The departure came about due to Flava Flav taking umbrage with Chuck D wanting to perform at a Bernie Sanders rally under the group's name despite knowing that Flav refused to be part of it, leading to Flav claim the campaign misrepresented the appearance. In a statement, the group said:

“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”

In a statement to HipHopDX, Chuck D said:

“Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.”

Word from Flav's camp came via an open letter from his lawyer Matthew H. Friedman:

“We have become aware that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to perform at an upcoming Sanders Rally. While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit – his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy.

“The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”

Flava Flav has been a member of Public Enemy since the group began in 1985 at Adelphi University. Together, they put out 14 albums over the last few decades, with their latest being 2017’s ‘Nothing Is Quick In The Desert’.

Public Enemy are set to play NASS Festival this summer.

UPDATE 03/03: A new statement has been issued by Public Enemy.

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