Corridor of Fame Hip hop group Public Enemy introduced on Sunday they’re “shifting ahead” with out Flavor Flav — their founding member and hype man of practically 40 years — after the rapper despatched a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders on Friday.
“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the group mentioned in a press release, based on Rolling Stone. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
The transfer was made in response to a letter despatched by Taste Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman after member Chuck D deliberate to carry out on the candidates’ California rally on Sunday.
Taste Flav accused the marketing campaign of utilizing his likeness and trademarked outsized clock on the rally regardless that he “has not endorsed any political candidate on 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 obtained by Fox Information mentioned. “The deliberate efficiency will solely be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it won’t be a efficiency by Public Enemy. Those that really know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it’s, there is no such thing as a Public Enemy with out Taste Flav.”
The letter added that “Sanders had promised to ‘Combat the Energy’ with hip-hop icons Public Enemy, however this Rap Icon won’t be performing on the Sanders rally.”
Chuck D clarified on Twitter Sunday afternoon the final straw between the 2 was way back, including that “FLAV” refused to help Sankofa, a social justice group described to provide voices to these in want and promote “peace & equality.”
“It isn’t about BERNIE with Flav… he don’t know the distinction between BarrySanders or BernieSanders he don’t know both,” he mentioned.
Taste Flav had beforehand sued Chuck D and their administration agency in 2017 over unpaid earnings, the paper said.
Sanders’ rally is being held on the Los Angeles Conference Heart. An advert for the occasion claimed that “Public Enemy Radio” is about to carry out, based on the candidate’s web site.
“Be part of Bernie Sanders, Sarah Silverman, and Dick Van Dyke, with a particular efficiency by Public Enemy Radio. Doorways open at 3:00 p.m. and the occasion begins at 5:00 p.m. Capability is restricted and admission is granted on a first-come, first-served foundation,” the website acknowledged.
Fox Information’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report