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Public Enemy: "Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016"

Public Enemy have further distanced themselves from Flavor Flav

  • Seb Wheeler
  • 3 March 2020
Public Enemy: "Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016"

Public Enemy have further distanced themselves from Flavor Flav, releasing a new statement that says the rapper has been "suspended" from the group since 2016.

The two parties clashed over the weekend when Chuck D played a Bernie Sanders rally as Public Enemy Radio without Flavor Flav's consent.

Following the performance on Sunday, a statement was released that said Public Enemy would be "moving forward without Flavor Flav".

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But now Chuck D and Public Enemy have further outlined their position, saying "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."

Following the Sanders rally, Chuck D tweeted: "If there was a $bag, Flav would’ve been there front & center. He will NOT do free benefit shows. Sued me in court the 1st time I let him back in. His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home & better find REHAB.”

The full statement from Chuck D, James Bomb, DJ Lord, Pop Diesel and Jahi is below.

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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.

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