Flavor Flav speaks out after his resignation from Public Enemy after a fight with bandmate Chuck D about an approval from Bernie Sanders.
‘He [Chuck D] can’t fire me, I’m not his employee, I’m his equal! “the deposed rapper, 60, told Carlin Haynes Media on Tuesday.
‘People don’t want to go to a show without taste – it will be a tasteless show. People want taste, honey! “he added.
Long-term tensions between the Public Enemy icons exploded last week after Chuck D (real name Carlton Ridenhour) announced that he would perform during a Sanders rally under the name Public Enemy Radio.
Flavor (real name William Drayton Jr.) is not part of that group, and he sent a cease-and-stop letter to the Sanders campaign prior to the show.
Flavor Flav and Chuck D are shown together in 2007. The pair formed the iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy, but their relationship is now shattered
The order claimed “the unauthorized use of Flavor Flav’s likeness, image and trademark clock in promotional material distributed by the Sanders campaign.”
Flavor was then fired by Public Enemy – the band he helped create in the mid-1980s.
“I don’t want Chuck to break that,” Flavor said in Tuesday’s interview.
“Chuck is destroying years and years of heritage and history. I’m trying to save it. I’m going to keep talking to him! “
Meanwhile, Flavor rejected rumors that he sent the truce letter to the Sanders campaign because he supports President Trump.
“Chuck is destroying years and years of heritage and history. I’m trying to save it. I’m going to keep talking to him! “Taste said he will continue to reach out to his former bandmate
On the contrary, he maintains that he is apolitical and stated: “I don’t do politics. I don’t like politics, I am the comic gesture, the nice gesture.
Chuck D did not respond to the interview.
Public Enemy Radio, consisting of Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, went ahead and performed for Sanders on Sunday evening during the Los Angeles rally.
Chuck D and Public Enemy Radio have thrown their support behind the democratically hopeful Bernie Sanders
Chuck D from Public Enemy Radio performed during a campaign competition in Los Angeles
Public Enemy Radio performs at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate senator Bernie Sanders at the Los Angeles Convention Center
An excerpt from Flavor’s ceasefire read: “Although Chuck certainly has the freedom to express his political opinion if he deems it necessary, his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy.
“The planned performance is only Chuck D from Public Enemy, it is not a performance from Public Enemy. Those who really know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav, “the excerpt continues.
Chuck D shot on Flavor Flav on Twitter and said, “My last drop was a long time ago.”
“It’s not about BERNIE with Flav … he doesn’t know the difference between BarrySanders or BernieSanders he doesn’t know either,” he wrote.
“FLAV refused to support @Sankofa (a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte) after @HarryBellafonte introduced us. He doesn’t, “Chuck added.
“So I don’t attack FLAV on what he doesn’t know. I have to leave him at the cradle, so you all try to fill his character with a political aplomb is absolutely ‘stupid’.
Flavor Flavor has been in conflict with the group since 2017 when he sued Chuck D and the band’s management company for unpaid royalties and merchandise winnings.
‘Taste chooses to dance for its money and not do a good job that way. He has a year to get his act together and straighten himself out or he is free, “said Chuck D.
Chuck D’s lawyer added: “From a legal point of view, Chuck could act as a 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 primary songwriter of the group, who wrote the most memorable rules of Flavor,” he added.
Chuck and Flavor are seen together in 2016