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Was Flavor Flav's firing a 'hoax'?

Chuck D, left, and Flavor Flav of Public

Chuck D, left, and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform at the 2015 BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in Napa, Calif., on May 29, 2015. Credit: Invision / AP / Rich Fury

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D of Roosevelt has an April Fools' Day message: Flavor Flav's recent firing was a joke. But was it, really?

Infamous hype man Flav, 61, was reportedly let go in early March when he sent a cease-and-desist letter to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential campaign for its involvement with a Public Enemy rally performance and endorsement. However, Chuck D now says it was a politically motivated hoax.

“Hearing the confused mush of political talk while under the bowels of Trumpotus made me use a presidential stage as my platform,” Chuck D said in a statement. “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."

However Flavor Flav, who was born in Roosevelt and raised in Freeport, responded via Instagram unfavorably to his partner’s declaration.

”I am not a part of your hoax @mrchuckd_pe,” said Flav in the Wednesday post. “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.”

Flav concluded by urging people to donate to the MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund and posted a link.

Chuck D’s message was delivered by way of new music when Enemy Radio, the DJ+MC auxiliary unit of Public Enemy made up of Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, dropped its debut album, "Loud Is Not Enough" on April 1 at midnight highlighting the single, "Food As a Machine Gun" featuring Public Enemy.

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"As we hoard food and empty store shelves, Chuck D and Flavor Flav hijack it as April 'FlavChuck' Day to end the HOAX with Enemy Radio's new song,” says Chuck D, 59. “ ‘Don't Believe The Hype' 2020 style."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' new track was inspired by Kristin Lawless’ 2018 book, “Formerly Known As Food.”

“The industrial world food machine rolls like ... [gangbusters] in the 21st century of chaos,” says Chuck D. “Who protects us from the weapon formerly known as food?"

The 10-song album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

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