Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav recently sat down for an interview with VladTV where he openly discussed the lawsuit he filed in 2017 against his longtime partner-in-rhyme Chuck D.
During their conversation, Flav admits he sued Chuck over royalties, explaining, “There were songs that I wrote that I didn’t get credit for. There’s a record that we have called ‘Harder Than You Think.’ My voice is the meat of that record. And I don’t have one writing royalty on that record. Anytime I go after somebody for something, it’s for a valid reason.”
He adds, “We’re still trying to work out the kinks right now, me and Chuck. So Chuck is out on the road with his group Prophets Of Rage — and these guys are doing their thing. They have a show in L.A. on the 11th or the 12th and I think I’m gonna go … Chuck D, that’s still my boy and I love him. It’s messed up how money makes you, instead of you making the money.”
Chuck’s manager Lorrie Boula has issued a statement to GroovyTracks addressing Flavor’s comments. She says the lawsuit Flav is referring to was actually dismissed at the top of the year.
“We have chosen not to respond to Flavor Flav’s multiple statements about litigation claims against Chuck D but feel it’s necessary to set the record straight this time,” Boula told DX. “The facts are that Flavor Flav did attempt to sue Chuck D, but the court threw out his lawsuit in January 2019. We also want to make clear that Reach Global Music Publishing was the administrator for the songwriters and Gary Rinaldo was the administrator for the song and record label that Flav discusses in his recent interview.
“Flavor has personally sued both and has reached settlements with these parties, the terms of which we are not privy to. As a matter of record, Chuck has also sued Reach Global Music and Gary Rinaldo. That litigation is still ongoing and we cannot comment on it at this time.”
In a 2017 interview with DX, Chuck provided more context around situation. Read that here.