On April Fool’s Day, Public Enemy’s Chuck D revealed that his highly publicized feud between Flavor Flav and him was all a hoax to promote the group’s new music.
The beef between the two reached a boiling point in early March when Chuck fired Flav from the legendary Hip-Hop group.
During an interview with Talib Kweli and Uproxx’s “People’s Party” podcast, the hit producer spoke about the beef, which appeared to stem from Chuck’s endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Flav issued a cease and desist letter to the Bernie Sanders campaign alleging that his likeness was used without his permission. Public Enemy then released a statement announcing that Flav was fired.
Flavor don’t know the difference between Bernie Sanders, Barry Sanders or Colonel Sanders. We already talked about this beforehand. Public Enemy Radio went up, his lawyer sent a cease and desist, 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! I’m not saying it’s a hoax. I’m saying the original intention was to get your attention.Chuck D
When asked about Flav’s status in the group, Chuck confirmed that Flav can’t be fired from Public Enemy.
He can’t, he’s a partner. You can’t fire partners. You just walk away from ’em. We takin’ April Fools. We takin’ it over. It’s April Flav Chuck Day.Chuck D