Hall of Fame Hip hop group Public Enemy announced on Sunday they are “moving forward” without Flavor Flav their founding member and hype man of nearly 40 years after the rapper sent 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 said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
Speculation arose that 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. This was quelled by latest official statement.
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.
Salute to PUBLIC ENEMY for their contributions and development of the Culture they will go down as pioneers and noteworthy mentions in the History books!