March 2nd was either only a month ago, or a lifetime ago. Either way, it was long enough ago that anything that was going on at the time has largely been forgotten. For example, remember when Chuck D fired Flavor Flav from Public Enemy after that Bernie Sanders rally debacle? Well, it doesn’t matter because the world is now in flames and also because APRIL FOOLS!!! Chuck D says it was all a month-long hoax to promote their new single. And now I have to add Chuck D to the list of Public Enemy members who need to learn when to pull out.
According to Page Six, Chuck D announced that the feud that began with Flavor Flav trying to stop Public Enemy from playing at a Bernie rally without him, was all part of a stunt meant as a “wake-up call.” Little did he know that by the time the payoff was due, nobody would be sleeping ever again because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The HOAX was a hoax for a reason … I was tired of bulsht,” he wrote on his Enemy Radio website late Tuesday — ready to be seen April 1 — complaining about “Hip Hop always getting a bad look” while “the good news never made the news.”
“Thus came the HOAX. A wake-up call,” he wrote, saying he was inspired by how Orson Welles’ 1938 radio hoax, “War Of The Worlds,” had “pulled the wool over the public’s eyes as they put 100% belief in the technology of radio.”
On the website, Chuck added:
Hearing the confused mush of political talk while under the bowels of Trumpotus made me use a presidential stage as my platform. Out of this storm came a plan between Flav and me to remind people that what’s important should have as much, if not more, value than just what’s popular. Thus came the HOAX, our ‘War Of The Worlds.’ Believe half of what you hear and NONE of what you see.
Chuck D says that he and Flavor were going to reveal that Public enemy was still very much intact by making a surprise announcement at the now cancelled (postponed? Who cares at this point!) Coachella.
Sht Flav wanted this to go longer into surprising people at coachella on @DjLORDofficial set . I said Fcuk that-YOU stay productive. On April 1 this is-OVER & WE bigger than Coachella. Covid smashed the date not the day. Best believe folk better treat us like Jagger & Richards pic.twitter.com/yB6oLGUelh
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 1, 2020
The new single, Food is a Machine Gun, is “an attack on the food industrial machine.” Chuck posted a clip of it on Twitter, tying it to our new corona-reality.
April 2020: A locked inside quarantine in the hood is a oven. Bad scarce food & no aerobics might as well be bombs. Add to diabetes hypertension stress and all the other plaguing bulsht… it looks at the virus eye to eye . How the fuck is this scenario not relevant to everyone? pic.twitter.com/gdkQgAdjrw
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 1, 2020
You almost had us fooled there, Mr. D. You’re lucky you caught us at a VERY vulnerable time. However, it sounds like Flavor might not actually have been in on the joke.
I am not a part of your hoax .@mrchuckd,,,there are more serious things in the world right now than April Fool's jokes and dropping records,,,the world needs better than this,,,you say we are leaders so act like one,,,donate to those in need here: https://t.co/7hioasSwuV
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) April 1, 2020
As if we needed more proof that the world has really and truly turned upside down in walks ya boi Flavor Flav as the voice….. of reason. That said, the song slaps and we might as well just go ahead and burn it all to the ground while we have our chance. If not now, when?