Chuck D has revealed that Flavor Flav's split from Public Enemy an elaborate hoax.
The hip-hop icons seemed to come to blows following an invitation to play a Bernie Sanders rally, with Flavor Flav refusing to take part.
Placed on suspension, Flavor Flav sat out the show, before being fired by Chuck D.
Now Chuck D has revealed that the situation was contrived, a publicity to gain attention for their new project.
Speaking to Talib Kweli on the People's Party podcast, Chuck D said:
“We felt that over the past few years, Flavor’s stock was low… Anybody that could take a shot at him could get a good shot at him.”
He continued: “We already talked about this beforehand. Public Enemy Radio went up [at the Sanders rally]. His lawyer sent out a cease and desist. I’m like, ‘Good move.’ Then, publicly: ‘Man, you don’t fuckin’ sue me again.’ He ain’t suin’ me.”
“But I can say it! If the public is confused about this, that, whatever—they’re gonna be confused about what’s a lawsuit and what’s not. ‘Yo man you suing me again publicly? Boom. Fuck that. You’re fired dude. This is my last thing with you.’ OK. We knew what was gonna come. I’m not sayin’ it’s a hoax, I’m sayin’ that the original intention is to get your attention and not play attention, but get you to pay attention.”
Confused? So are we, to be honest. Find the podcast below.
Enemy Radio have a new album out shortly, with Chuck D and Flavor Flav sparring on 'Food As A Machine Gun'.
Tune in now.
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