Chuck D and Flavor Flav have made history together as hip-hop pioneers as the trailblazing duo Public Enemy. After 30 years in the game, the two have had a relationship with ups and downs. However, the two have not performed together since Flav sued Chuck D and BTN Eastlink in 2017.
In a recent interview with TMZ Flavor Flav made some comments about where the iconic rap duo’s relationship stands.
Flavor Flav says, “There’s some things that Chuck D needs to work out with me. Once he comes up to the table and signs this partnership agreement, then we can work. If he doesn’t sign this partnership agreement, then we ain’t working. That’s my boy and that’s my family, but business-wise we ain’t seein’ eye-to-eye. I’m trying to get Chuck to come see eye-to-eye with me. I’m not the hold up with this Public Enemy project,” he explains. “I’m not the hold up. Chuck D is the hold up, and I want everybody to know Chuck is the hold up and not Flavor Flav. Everybody, tell Chuck to sign the partnership!”
Chuck D responded to Flavs remarks in an interview with HipHopDx, calling the claims “tired and stupid” out of frustration in regards to their ongoing feud.
“This is tired and stupid. Flav and I communicate on our own, so I normally don’t address these things in public. But I’m tired of the circus of airing news that ain’t news and am going to keep it factual here. Flav sues the folks he works with, so in 2017 he decided it was my turn. He lost when the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice in 2020, which means it’s permanent. Over. He can’t file again. He lost.”
“Even after all of this, even after all the years of Flav giving the situation minimum while always asking for the maximum, I still work with him. But it’s time to change. Everybody in the situation can’t be burdened with picking up his slack. The key word in ‘Brothers Gonna Work It Out’ is the word ‘work.’ We’re always gonna be brothers regardless, but Flav’s gotta do the work and there ain’t no getting down without the work. Simple as that.”
Flavor Flav may have mentioned his Public Enemy collaborator in the 2017 suit, but their former business partner Gary “G-Wiz” Rinaldo is really who Flav is after. Chuck D was mentioned because of his partnership with The Noise and BTNE that took place in 2007.
“Flavor isn’t 100 percent wrong,” Chuck told HipHopDx. “But he brings a lot of craziness and disorganization to the fucking table, and that causes a myriad of issues that costs time and money. His inability to be focused, pay attention and stay woke bleeds into other areas.”
Let’s pray that these two hip-hop legends can work things out. The legendary Public Enemy has contributed so much to our culture and we would love to see the brothers work it out.