It’s been only three days since Flavor Flav, a co-founding member of Public Enemy, was unexpectedly and abruptly fired from the beloved hip-hop group.
Though the rapper’s dismissal followed a public spat over Public Enemy’s plan to perform at a Bernie Sanders campaign event last Sunday, the Fight the Power troupe has since said Flavor Flav was not fired from the band “over his political views,” but for myriad other reasons.
In a tweet shared on Monday, Public Enemy revealed that the 60-year-old had actually “been on suspension since 2016,” following a number of missed performances, including the Many Rivers to Cross music festival in Atlanta, Ga. — which doubled as a Harry Belafonte charity event.
“That was the last straw for the group,” the statement read. Flavor Flav “had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work.”
“It’s time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well,” concluded the statement, which was signed by Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D and additional members James Bomb, Pop Diesel and DJ Lord.
At first, some fans were under the impression Flavor Flav was exiled from the group because he and his attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sanders.
The legal document came in response to an announcement that Chuck D, 59, had planned to perform under the group’s name at one of Sanders’ political rallies — similar to what The Strokes did for the 78-year-old last month.
Flavor Flav argued that Public Enemy Radio — a Chuck D-led offshoot of Public Enemy, featuring DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws — had used his “unauthorized likeness, image, and trademarked clock.”
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