- 01 Apr 20
Enemy Radio's new project, Loud Is Not Enough, featuring Flavor Flav, is out now.
A month after publicly firing Flavor Flav from Public Enemy, Chuck D has claimed that the spat was staged – in order to promote the new album from Chuck's Enemy Radio project, Loud Is Not Enough, out today.
Both Chuck and Flav feature on the single 'Food As A Machine Gun'.
In an interview on the podcast People's Party with Talib Kweli, recorded on March 10, Chuck revealed that he was inspired by Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio hoax in 1938.
"We felt that over the past few years, Flavor's stock was low," Chuck explained. "Anybody that could take a shot at him could get a good shot at him."
Chuck went on to claim that, throughout the public breakup, he and Flav continued to collaborate on new music.
As previously reported by Hot Press, Flav's apparent dismissal came days after he issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders. In the letter, Flav accused the Sanders campaign of using the Public Enemy name, as well as his "likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials" without his permission.
"While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit – his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy," the letter continued.
Days later, Public Enemy released a statement, claiming that they "will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well."
In his interview with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh, Chuck has since revealed that Flav "can't" be fired from Public Enemy: "He's a partner. You can't fire partners."
Chuck goes on to declare the whole hoax "April Flav Chuck Day".
Listen to Chuck D's interview below: