April Fools: Why Chuck D and Flavor Flav’s Feud Was Made Up

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Remember when Chuck D fired Flavor Flav from Public Enemy? Apparently, that never actually happened.

The joke’s on us I guess!

Chuck D Chats With Talib Kweli About the Made-Up Feud

Chuck D sat down with Talib Kweli for his weekly interview show People’s Party. During the interview, Chuck D revealed that he and Flav created the whole public breakup narrative for attention. In reality, the pair were secretly still in contact, and collaborating on new music.

Yep, that’s correct. The whole messy feud between the two was made up.

“We takin’ April Fools,” Chuck said. “We takin’ it over. It’s April Flav Chuck Day.”

To recap, Chuck D announced that Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio would be “moving forward without Flavor Flav.” The group thanked Flav “for his years of service” despite saying that Flav had been suspended from the group since 2016.

Chuck accused Flav of being motivated solely by cashing deluxe checks and said he “always chose to party over work.” Which, if you know anything about Flav, isn’t entirely false.

That whole spat was triggered by Flav not performing at a Bernie Sanders Rally. His reps issued a cease and desist letter, accusing the campaign of using his “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” to promote the rally.

His lawyers stated that he had not endorsed “any political candidate” and wanted to make sure everyone was aware it was only Chuck D performing at the rally.

“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit–his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” his lawyer’s letter states.

It Was All Done to Get Our Attention

However, Chuck now says that he was inspired by Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds hoax.

“Flavor don’t know the difference between Bernie Sanders, Barry Sanders, or Colonel Sanders,” Chuck joked.

But he clarified, “We already talked about this beforehand. Public Enemy Radio went up, his lawyer sent a cease and desist,” he continued. “I’m like, ‘Good move.’ Then publicly, I’m like, ‘Man, you don’t sue me again.’ He ain’t suing me. But I can say it!”

Chuck D thens aid that “the original intention was to get your attention.”

What was all that attention for? The two are dropping a new track together, as part of an upcoming album. The single, billed as Enemy Radio featuring Public Enemy, reunites Chuck D and Flavor Flav.

The single is called “Food as a Machine Gun.” Inspired by Kristin Lawless’s book Formerly Known as Food, the lyrics attack the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sugar, and the use of pesticides and chemicals in food production.

“Food as a Machine Gun drops April 1st, and is the lead track on the upcoming Enemy Radio album, Loud is Not Enough.