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PE Fires Flav Over Bern

Dispute with Chuck D over Bernie 2020 Benefit Concert earns Flav the ax

Kris LaGrange's picture
Mar 03, 2020

Public Enemy is one of the most well-known hip-hop groups from the 1980s. The group, featuring Chuck D and Flavor Flav paved the way for politically conscious rap. In the years since Chuck D has become a leading liberal personality. However, this activism seems to have been the final nail in the coffin for the group.

Before the Super Tuesday primary, Chuck D and Public Enemy Radio were scheduled to play at a rally for Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. However, Flavor Flav sent a letter to Sanders and Public Enemy objecting to the “unauthorized use of his likeness, image, and trademark clock in promotional materials circulated by the campaign.” Flavor Flav has not endorsed a Senator Sanders.

In response, Chuck D sent out a statement saying that Flavor Flav was officially fired from Public Enemy. Although the two men started the group while in college, Chuck D owns the rights to the Public Enemy trademark and logo. The two have also been in a long-simmering feud, with Flavor Flav suing Chuck D in 2017 over diminishing earnings from their album sales.

Chuck D, along with DJ Lord, Jahi, and S1Ws performed at the rally under the name Public Enemy Radio. The group will be releasing their first album under the new name in April. Other attendees at the Los Angeles rally included actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Sarah Silverman.


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