Looks like Public Enemy’s very public split from former hypeman Flavor Flav was years in the making. In a statement made by the collective members, they point out that Flav has been suspended by the group after missing a Harry Belafonte event … something they deemed as “the last straw.”
According to the group, Flav has missed recording sessions, photo shoots, and numerous festival appearances … including Glastonbury in the UK, an event in Canada, and an European tour last year with the Wu-Tang Clan.
They make it clear that Flav’s views played no role in the decision. Flavor Flav and his lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, alleging his campaign was using Public Enemy as a means to drum up support, and insinuated that he wanted to compensated for his support.
Flav was considered the entertainer, to balance Chuck D’s fiery political lyricism in Public Enemy. The group’s remaining members are now Chuck D, James Bomb, Pop Diesel, DJ Lord, and Jahi.
Read the full statement below: