Public Enemies

October 2017

Artists, recorded music


Flavor Flav has launched a legal action against his former Public Enemy collaborator Chuck D and various other parties associated of the seminal hip hop group over allegedly unpaid royalties.  That said it seems Flavor Flav and Chuck D will still perform together in upcoming live shows.

According to TMZ, the lawsuit covers unpaid royalties and revenue shares from recording income, publishing, live performances and merchandising income generated by Public Enemy, including monies from the recent album ‘Nothing Is Quick In The Desert’ and money relating to a deal that resulted in Public Enemy action figures being sold.

In the lawsuit, Flavor Flav (real name William J. Drayton) claims that he and Chuck D (real name Carlton Ridenhour) had a long-established agreement that profits from their music, merchandise and concerts would be split between them. Despite that alleged arrangement, Flavor Flav claims that Public Enemy’s business management firm Eastlink has not been sending the earnings he is owed, which have “diminished to almost nothing, and Drayton has been refused accountings, even on the items bearing his likeness,

Responding to the litigation, Chuck D told TMZ: “Flav has his rights, but took a wrong road on this” and opined that his bandmate was focussed on arrangements with a third party merchandiser and changes in the way the music business operates, adding “we will be [together] on a future stage”, adding that Flav “will again be embarrassed admitting on stage about the way it spun out – it’s always this way with him” and that he hoped that Flav “will be woke in rehearsal studio and paying attention to the work we and all the members do worldwide”.

London Evening Standard 31.08.17 and

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