It might really feel like 1,000,000 years in the past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however only one month in the past Chuck D and Flavor Flav’s public feud obtained so unhealthy that Public Enemy introduced that they had fired Flav from the legendary group. Nevertheless, Chuck D now claims the entire thing was an elaborate hoax.
In keeping with Pitchfork, it was all an enormous April Idiot’s stunt to advertise a brand new album from Chuck’s Public Enemy Radio. The brand new album is out now and is titled Loud Is Not Sufficient, and it contains the one Meals as a Machine Gun that options each Chuck D and Flavor Flav.
Chuck D revealed in an interview that Public Enemy firing Flavor Flav was a part of an elaborate April Fools ruse to assist announce new music. “Me and Flav have been higher than ever.” https://t.co/oB1PKdG3qm
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) April 1, 2020
Chuck mentioned throughout an interview on the Uproxx podcast Individuals’s Social gathering (recorded on March 10) that he discovered inspiration from Orson Welles’ Struggle of the Worlds hoax. He famous some conversations with Flav about how the general public seen them, they usually felt that over the previous few years “Flav’s inventory was low.”
“Anyone that would take a shot at him might get a great shot at him,” mentioned Chuck D.
On the identical time, Chuck believed his success with Prophets of Rage had improved his rep within the public eye. He then claimed that he teamed up with Flav to create a “public breakup narrative,” whereas they continued to communicate and collaborate behind the scenes.
ICYMI, after the announcement that Public Enemy Radio (an offshoot group that includes Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi, and the S1Ws) would carry out at a Bernie Sanders rally on March 1st, Flav issued a stop and desist letter to the Sanders marketing campaign with claims that they have been utilizing his likeness with out permission.
Then, Public Enemy claimed that that they had fired Flavor Flav, and Flav fired again in opposition to Chuck D on social media. Chuck D says that this was all a part of the hoax.
“We already talked about this beforehand. Public Enemy Radio went up [at the Bernie Sanders rally]. His lawyer despatched out a stop and desist. I’m like, “Good transfer.” Then, publicly: “Man, you don’t f*ckin’ sue me once more.” He ain’t suin’ me. But I can say it! If the general public is confused about this, that, no matter—they’re gonna be confused about what’s a lawsuit and what’s not,” mentioned Chuck D.
He went on to clarify that he fought again in opposition to Flav publicly and fired him from Public Enemy. He then mentioned it wasn’t a hoax, however the authentic intention was to get the general public to concentrate.
I’m not part of your hoax .@mrchuckd,,,there are extra critical issues on the planet proper now than April Idiot’s jokes and dropping data,,,the world wants higher than this,,,you say we’re leaders so act like one,,,donate to these in want right here: https://t.co/7hioasSwuV
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) April 1, 2020
Chuck D made it clear that Flav can’t be fired from Public Enemy as a result of he’s a companion. He mentioned which you could’t hearth companions, you simply stroll away from them. He additionally revealed that he and Flav have been engaged on an album collectively since February.
“There’s a choose few that do know—that I needed to let know—that me and Flav have been higher than ever,” mentioned Chuck D. “We takin’ April Fools. We takin’ it over. It’s April Flav Chuck Day.”
Chuck D additionally issued an announcement, saying that it clearly takes “doing loopy sh*t or disaster” to wake folks up. He added that paying consideration is the most affordable worth to pay.
In response to Chuck D’s claims, Flavor Flav tweeted that he had no half within the scheme.
“I’m not part of your hoax [email protected],,,there are extra critical issues on the planet proper now than April Idiot’s jokes and dropping data,,,the world wants higher than this,,,you say we’re leaders so act like one,” tweeted Flavor Flav.
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