Public Enemy “did not part ways w/ Flavor Flav over his political views,” they say
As we mentioned in the show's initial announcement, Flavor Flav was never supposed to play the Bernie Sanders rally in California. Despite the flyer saying "Public Enemy," the show's fine print always said "Public Enemy Radio" which has been a Flavor-less version of the group for a while now. Considering the flyer design though, and the lack of general awareness about what exactly the "Radio" version of the group is, we weren't surprised when Flavor Flav came forward to say he was angry about the way the show was being advertised. Things quickly escalated from there, which led to Chuck D proclaiming that Flav was now officially out of the group, and Flav hitting back claiming he can't be fired from his own group and that he can't believe it came to this "over politics." Now there's a new statement from Chuck D and crew, titled "Open Letter from Public Enemy." It reads:
Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views.
Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work.
Public Enemy Radio toured Europe and co-headlined with the Wu-Tang Clan in May 2019 without Flavor. They have also done numerous benefit shows without Flavor.
While Public Enemy Radio was moving forward, Flavor Flav was starring on the reality show "Growing up Hip-Hop New York," where an episode featured his children discussing an intervention and putting him into rehab.
It's time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well.