The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for Public Enemy fans.
Back in February, Flavor Flav was ousted from the legendary rap group by his groupmate Chuck D following a dispute over a performance at a Los Angeles rally for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. As it turns out, a statement was published to Enemy Radio’s (Chuck’s side project) official website claiming that Flav’s firing was an elaborate “hoax” concocted to foster social commentary and promote Enemy Radio’s latest album, Loud Is Not Enough. The album also contains a single, “Food As A Machine Gun,” which Chuck and Flav are both featured on.
During his recent appearance on UPROXX’s People’s Party With Talib Kweli, Chuck claimed that he and Flav manufactured the break-up together. In the pre-taped interview, he clarified that the longtime hype man was never let go from the group in the first place. He’s a partner. “You don’t fire partners,” Chuck told Talib Kweli.
However, Flav is now claiming on Twitter that he apparently didn’t get the hoax memo and was not privy to Chuck’s scheme.
“There are more serious things in the world right now than April Fool's jokes and dropping records,” he issued. “The world needs better than this. You say we are leaders so act like one.” Additionally, he encouraged people to “donate to those in need” and provided a link to The Recording Academy’s COVID-19 relief fund effort.
See his tweet below:
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