Flava Flav Firing From Public Enemy Was Just a Joke

Chuck D clears things up

In March, Public Enemy shocked the Hip Hop world by parting ways with Flava Flav after 37 years.

A cease and desist letter filed by the Flavor Of Love legend reportedly led to the dismissal, with the group saying at the time that they were “moving forward” without him. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”

Now, Chuck D is clearing things up, saying that the whole thing was just an elaborate April Fools’ joke to promote their upcoming album. “We knew what was gonna come. I’m not saying it’s a hoax, I’m saying that the original intention is to get your attention and not play attention, but get you to pay attention,” the group’s frontman explained to Talib Kweli on the People’s Party podcast.

It gets confusing, as the new album, Loud Is Not Enough, is actually from Chuck D’s Enemy Radio off-shoot of the group, which does not usually include Flava Flav. The LP is out everywhere now.

Either way, Flav remains a member of Public Enemy.

He can’t be fired says Chuck, “he’s a partner. You can’t fire partners. You just walk away from them,” he explained, saying that the two are closer than ever.

Chuck D was a member of the group Prophets of Rage for the last three years, until the band disbanded in November to make way for the Rage Against The Machine reunion.

“It was about doing something greater than self,” D wrote on Twitter about his time with the group. “2020 keeping ZDLR spot warm for @RATM & powering a statement for 1000 days was an honorable truth mission in the hours of chaos from the jump… And so the bands rock on.”

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