Chuck D Reveals Public Enemy Pretended to Fire Flavor Flav to Promote New Album

April 3, 2020

Photo by Jon Furniss Invision AP

April Fools? Chuck D admits in a new podcast interview that Public Enemy was only playing when they "fired" Flavor Flav earlier this month, Pitchfork reports. "I’m not sayin’ it’s a hoax, I’m sayin’ that the original intention is to get your attention and not play attention, but get you to pay attention," Chuck explained. Chuck also said he couldn't fire Flav even if he wanted to. "He’s a partner. You can’t fire partners. You just walk away from ’em," he said, adding that "me and Flav have been better than ever.” Chuck concluded by saying, “We takin’ April Fools. We takin’ it over. It’s April Flav Chuck Day.” Weeks ago, the rapper had announced that Public Enemy would play a Bernie Sanders rally on March 1, after which Flav issued a cease and desist letter. Public Enemy then released a statement saying Flav was fired. Public Enemy is expected to release a new single, “Food as a Machine Gun” on April 1, and a new album some time in April.