Chuck D admits he didn't really fire Flavor Flav from Public Enemy. It was all just a publicity stunt to promote the group's new album.
Chuck D, 59, made headlines when he announced he was firing his old colleague after Flav, 61, sent a cease and desist letter to presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders over the use of his image for Chuck's concert in support of Sanders's campaign.
Bloggers can usually tell when a story is a publicity stunt. For instance, any story with the names Kardashian or Jenner attached to it is likely to be a stunt.
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However, Chuck D's stunt fooled everybody. He even had legal experts weighing in on the contract and whether he could really oust Flavor from the group they founded together.
In an interview with Talib Kweli on the Uproxx podcast People's Party, recorded on March 10, the hip-hop legend said he was inspired by Orson Welles' infamous "War of the Worlds" hoax radio broadcast in 1938.
"We felt that over the past few years, Flavor's stock was low," he explained. "Anybody that could take a shot at him could get a good shot at him."
Chuck added that he viewed the legal letter over the Sanders concert as a "good move" and they agreed to use the dispute to drive media coverage.
Asked about whether Flav is still in Public Enemy, Chuck confessed that the hype man cannot be dismissed from the group.
"He can't (be fired), he's a partner," the "Fight the Power" hitmaker said. "You can't fire partners. You just walk away from 'em."
Flav is yet to comment on his bandmate's claims his firing was staged.
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Public Enemy has parted ways with hypeman Flavor Flav over a political dispute involving Bernie Sanders.
The iconic rap group announced it was "moving forward without" Flavor Flav as its hypeman for the first time in 35 years.
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The decision to terminate Flavor Flav's employment came after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Vermont Senator after Chuck D performed at Sanders' Los Angeles campaign rally on Sunday.
The C&D letter, sent by Flavor Flav's lawyer, accused the Sanders campaign of using the rapper's "unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock" to promote the rally. The letter stated Flavor Flav "has not endorsed any political candidate."
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Flavor Flav noted that Chuck D performed at the campaign rally without Public Enemy, "and his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy."
"Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is. There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav."
In his own handwriting at the bottom of the letter, Flavor Flav wrote, "Hey Bernie, don't do this."
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Flavor, real name William Drayton Jr., 60, and Chuck D, born Carlton Ridenhour, 59, are original members of PE since the group was formed with members Chuck D, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and Terminator X in Long Island, NY, in 1985.
Public Enemy's first 4 albums went gold or platinum. They won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in 2020.
After the group went on hiatus, Flavor Flav reappeared on VH1's reality TV The Surreal Life in 2004, followed by Strange Love with Flavor and Brigitte Nielson in 2005.
He is best known as the host of VH1's reality TV dating show Flavor of Love.
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According to a report on Billboard.com, ousted Def Jam president Jay Z did not drop his Roc-A-Fella artists as some have suggested.
"Beans and Freeway didn’t get dropped," says Beanie Sigel’s manager, Mark Byers. "I just got off the phone with L.A. Reid talking about the next video for ‘Rain’ featuring Raheem DeVaughn that we’re about to release. We’re re-launching Beanie’s project and releasing a ‘Rain’ remix with State Property."
I have a few questions:
- When is LA Reid going to be bounced from Def Jam like a bad check for wasteful spending?
- Is his contract that iron clad that they can't break it?
- Who's going to watch a Beanie Sigel video?
- And finally, aren't the brass at Island Records tired of LA Reid throwing good money behind bad rappers?
Former Public Enemy front man Chuck D released a venomous response to the news that Universal Records would not be replacing ousted president Jay Z with him or anyone else. "Its sort of expected, and a primary reason why the music business has collapsed," said Chuck D.
Chuck D placed the blame for the demise of Hip Hop squarely on the shoulders of 10-15 "buzzards" who are "trusted" by the clan of execs who really run Hip Hop (Jews and Israelis). In his statement, Chuck D went further calling the inner circle of usual suspects "incestuous."
The same thing that happened to MOTOWN is DEF JAM's fate. In my opinion, the fact that 10 -15 individuals in the guise of hovering buzzards are given keys to the culture based on their alliances with these corporations, is a partial reason for the troubled condition it's in. Hence music, and especially this urban, black, whatever you wanna call it, is an incestuous inner circle of usual suspects that are financially trusted over black culture by a select 'other few.' It's evident that we are not the same people.
Chuck D didn't name the 10-15 "buzzards" who are eating off the rotting flesh of Hip Hop, so I decided to give it a crack myself:
- JAY Z
- SEAN COONS, SEAN JOHN, PUFF, or whatever the hell he's calling himself these days
- RUSSELL SIMMONS
- LA REID
- CHRIS LIGHTY
- 50 CENT
- IRV GOTTI
- JIMMY "HENCHMEN" ROSEMOND
- SNOOP DOGG
- KEVIN LILES
- WYCLEF JEAN
- PHARREL WILLIAMS
- DRE 3000
- KANYE WEST
As I told you earlier, there will be no replacement for Jay Z at Def Jam. You read this here first because, as you know, the same industry people who work closely with Jay are loyal Sandrarose.com fans who whisper in my ear on the low low.
The move not to replace Jay Z is "disappointing," according to Chuck D who (lol) thought he was in line for the position. Island Records president of Urban Music Jermaine Dupri who was out of the country when Chuck D released his statement, was also rumored to get the top job.
The reality is L.A. Reid decided not to replace Jay Z with his arch nemesis Damon Dash because Jay's fragile ego couldn't take the resulting snickers from the industry - and L.A. needs Jay in his corner - so this might end up being a sound business decision for all involved.