The group says, “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”
Public Enemy announced they are “moving forward” permanently without Flavor Flav, hip-hop’s most iconic hypemen, after being together over 35 years. This comes just two days after Flav sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally this past Sunday.
The hip-hop group released a brief statement Sunday saying:
“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.”
The group said on Public Enemy Radio that Chuck D would still perform at the free, livestreamed Sanders rally gig at 6 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The cease-and-desist letter, sent to Sanders this past Friday by Flavor Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman, alleges the campaign of used the hypeman’s “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” to promote the rally, even though Flavor Flav “has not endorsed any political candidate.”
In the letter it states:
“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view 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.”
The letter continues:
“Flav … has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle. … The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading,”It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture.”
At the bottom of the cease-and-desist, Flavor Flav hand wrote to Sanders:
“Hey Bernie, don’t do this.”
Before Flavor Flav’s firing and after the hypeman claims of Bernz used his “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” for promotions of the rally, Chuck D spoke on his bandmate of over three decades saying:
“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.”
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