Flavor Flav is shocked at Public Enemy’s statement that he was fired from the group. Now it looks like he’s not leaving without a fight.
Flav got fired up, and fired off a series of tweets in response to the group cutting ties with him after 37 years.
A day after Public Enemy released a statement saying that they “will be moving forward without” Flavor Flav, the rapper took to Twitter on Monday to speak his mind.
“I’m not your employee… I’m your partner… ” Flav tweeted on Monday, adding, “You can’t fire me… There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav… So let’s get it right Chuck.”
This followed a previous tweet in which Flav expressed his disappointment in Chuck D’s decision. He asked, “Are you kidding me right now??? Over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS??? All because I don’t wanna endorse a candidate…”
Of course, Chuck D followed up to Flav’s firing. He clarified that the Bernie Sanders issue was not the only reason that Flav was let go. Chuck D continues to say that the split was a long time coming. He also says that Flav’s values just don’t line up with Public Enemy’s reputation as a politically charged group.
“My last straw was long ago,” Chuck D wrote on Twitter. “It’s not about BERNIE with Flav… he don’t know the difference between [former NFL running back] Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders. He don’t know either.”
Another response from the whole group was issued Monday, signed by Chuck D along with James Bomb, Pop Diesel, DJ Lord, and Jahi.
“Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia,” the statement reads. “He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work.”
The statement also brings up the fact that the group has been doing “numerous benefit shows without Flavor” up til now. They also point out that while they were “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.”
As for Flav’s claims that there is no Public Enemy without him, he might want to seek lawyer advice before trying to pull anything legally. Though Chuck D and Flav founded the group together in the 80s, Chuck D’s attorney said that he can legally use the name “Public Enemy” however he likes.