Chuck D has spoken out publicly about Flavor Flav and the lawsuit that was filed against him. Yesterday we learned that Flavor Flav was suing Public Enemy front man Chuck D, along with two of the band’s previous managers, for missing royalties and merchandising revenue. The suit also stated that he has never been given proper credit for his contributions to PE. The good news is that band is still together! The bad news is, Chuck may have changed his relationship status with Flav to “It’s complicated.”
TMZ reports that Chuck D responded to Flav’s lawsuit, telling them:
“Flav HAS HIS rights, but took a wrong road on this.” The rap legend says his P.E. bandmate is just pissed about a third party merchandiser and the way the record biz now works.
Still, Chuck made it clear: “We will be [together] on a future stage.” He also thinks Flav “will again be embarrassed admitting on stage about the way it spun out. It’s always this way with him.”
Sounds like Chuck is quite well versed in Flavor Flav-flavored intrigue. While Chuck D seemed pretty even-keeled about the lawsuit while talking to TMZ, his response on social media was just a wee bit saltier. Chuck D #tooktotwitter and lobbed a little cajun spice Flav’s way. In a series of tweets, he questions Flav’s professionalism, suggests that his new management has led him astray, and tattles that Flav refuses to do benefit concerts. I’ve compiled them for easy reading:
“I cant accept @PublicEnemyFTP not doin benefits because Flav refuses to do em. So I head to Houston w @prophetsofrage we have done 8 in 1 year. When its all SAID & done, I gotta pick him up & dust him off. Miss a deadline, things move. Don’t release album, there WONT be touring #spoiled. People can lighten up on Flav. It’s his new mgt that vengefully felt that suing a 3rd party & connecting me was a good move for him #stupid. PE Door is always open not for Bulsht. He as a no-show for @harrybelafonte @Sankofa benefit after the man inducted us into RRHOF #ungrateful.”
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 31, 2017
Enjoy them now while they last before the lawyers make him delete them all!
All in all, Chuck D is being pretty adult about it, and says he is open to discussion, but is focused on the present. TMZ reports:
He added he’s ready and willing to address Flav’s concerns in the future, but right now he just hopes his partner “will be woke in rehearsal studio and paying attention to the work we and all the members do worldwide.”
And on Twitter he concluded:
I'll end there I need not to make no damn list on Flavor. We go fwd. He's 58.Houston needs attention. As w TRUMPOTUS. BLOGS ETC-do good work pic.twitter.com/dSlExxXavA
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 1, 2017
Chuck D says keep it moving, people. We got work to do.