Short Read –
- The Hip hop group Public Enemy fires one of hip-hop’s most memorable hypemen, Flavor Flav, after more than 35 years.
- “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the group said in a statement on Sunday.
- The rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally Sunday.
- The cease-and-desist letter, sent to Sanders Friday by Flavor Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman.
- Flavor Flav accused the campaign of using his likeness and trademarked oversized clock.
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Full Article –
The Hip hop group Public Enemy fires one of hip-hop’s most memorable hypemen, Flavor Flav, after more than 35 years. Public Enemy announced officially, they are permanently “moving forward” without Flavor Flav.
“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the hip-hop legends said in a brief statement Sunday. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
The rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally Sunday. The move was made in response to a letter sent by Flavor Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman after member Chuck D planned to perform at the candidates’ California rally on Sunday.
Flavor Flav accused the campaign of using his likeness and trademarked oversized clock at the rally even though he “has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle.”
“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 states. “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.
“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,” Friedman added in the letter. “It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture.”
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Flavor Flav wrote to Sanders, in the cease-and-desist, “Hey Bernie, don’t do this.”
A lawyer for Chuck D added, “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.”
On Twitter Sunday afternoon, Chuck D, “My last straw was long ago,” he wrote. “It’s not about BERNIE with Flav… he don’t know the difference between [former NFL running back] Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders. He don’t know either. FLAV refused to support Sankofa after Harry Belafonte inducted us. He don’t do that.” Sankofa, a grassroots organization founded by Belafonte, aims to, as they note on their site, “focus on issues of injustice that disproportionately affect the disenfranchised, the oppressed, and the underserved, which left unaddressed will continue to impact the lives of too many individuals and remain a scar on our nation’s moral character.”
Legal issues had been simmering between Flavor Flav and his fellow Public Enemy bandmates for years, when Flavor Flav sued Chuck D and the group’s business management firm in 2017 over unpaid profits.
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