Public Enemy kicked their hype-man Flava Flav out of the group, and reportedly- all for politics. Many wonder how the most interesting member can kicked out of the group. Trying hard to capture those African American votes, Bernie Sanders campaign invited Public Enemy to their environment to perform.
Chuck D, one of the main members of the group is said to have accepted the invitation of the Sanders campaign to perform. That didn’t sit well with Flava Flav. Flava Flav made it clear that if Chuck D wants to endorse the Sanders’ campaign that he should do so on his own, not as the rap group Public Enemy. The whole debacle began when Flava Flav sent a cease and desist letter to the Sanders’ Campaign for using his likeliness. Flav through his lawyer sent out a letter to Sanders’s campaign which read:
While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” the letter stated. “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.
Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy — but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally,” the letter continued. “To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.
Chuck D, one of the lead members of public enemy responded to Flav Flav comments in 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.
Chuck D also had his lawyer fired off a statement in his own defense, saying:
From a legal standpoint, Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to; he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark. He originally drew the logo himself in the mid-’80s, is also the creative visionary and the group’s primary songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable lines.
Then this came that go Flava Flav’s head spinning as presumably sent out by Chuck D:
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.