Hip-hop heavyweight Flavor Flav slapped Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a cease-and-desist letter for claiming that Flav’s group, Public Enemy, would be performing at a Sunday rally in Los Angeles — arguing that solely Chuck D will take the stage, in response to reviews.
“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy — however this Rap Icon won’t be performing at the Sanders Rally,” learn the letter, obtained by Spin and despatched by Flav’s lawyer, Matthew H. Friedman.
“To be clear Flav and, by extension, the [Rock and Roll] hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and title have turn into synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate on this election cycle and any suggestion on the contrary is plainly unfaithful,” the letter continued.
The 60-year-old hype man — recognized for yelling “Yeah, boyee” — additionally charged that the Sanders marketing campaign’s promotional supplies included “the unauthorized use of his likeness, picture and trademarked clock,” referring to the outsize timepieces synonymous with Flav’s stage persona.
“Sanders claims to characterize everyman not the person but his grossly irresponsible dealing with of Chuck’s endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in so doing, ceaselessly silence one in every of our nation’s loudest and most enduring voices for social change,” the message added.
“If Bernie permits this misleading advertising to proceed with out clearly correcting the messaging … Senator Sanders will himself have performed an element in whitewashing a key chapter in American History,” the letter continued. “Bernie, his title is Flavor Flav and he does NOT approve your message!”
Sanders, 78, a self-described Democratic socialist, has surged within the polls of late, though he suffered a loss to average former Vice President Joe Biden in Saturday’s South Carolina main.
Flav, actual title William Drayton, stated that he had no drawback with Chuck D — the “Don’t Believe the Hype” group’s co-founder — voicing his personal political beliefs, however stated that it’s not his place to talk for all of Public Enemy.
“While Chuck is actually free to precise his political opinions as he sees match — his voice alone doesn’t communicate for Public Enemy,” the letter stated.
In truth, the efficiency will embrace not simply Chuck D, however longtime Public Enemy turntablist DJ Lord and rapper Jahi, who collectively make up non secular successor group Public Enemy Radio, in response to HipHopDX.
Flav insisted that he meant no ailing will.
“Flav is reaching out, not within the spirit of division, however for the sake of unity within the hope of preserving the integrity of the Public Enemy Movement and the religion and belief his tens of millions of followers world wide have positioned in him,” the letter continued.
In a press release to HipHopDX, nonetheless, Chuck D responded with a stark ultimatum.
“Flavor chooses to bounce for his cash and never do benevolent work like this,” stated the 59-year-old Queens native, actual title Carlton Ridenhour. “He has a yr to get his act collectively and get himself straight or he’s out.”
Sanders’ marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark from Spin.