Public Enemy have issued a statement following reports that long time MC Flavor Flav had been sacked over his political views. The statement denies this is the case, instead highlighting various misdemeanours over time, and suggests that the relationship is over between Flav and the band. The statement in full reads:
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.
The letter is signed by the members of the Public Enemy entourage.