- After 35 years together, rap group Public Enemy has ousted Flavor Flav as a group member
- Remaining group member Chuck D says the group will “be moving forward without” Flavor Flav. Who will replace him in the group?
- Check out the 100+ potential replacements and their odds for becoming the newest member of Public Enemy
It wouldn’t be rap without some kind of drama.
After 35 years, seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy is saying goodbye to founding member Flavor Flav. Public Enemy has spent three and a half decades in music, from hip hop’s beginnings to becoming godfathers of the genre. But that doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to pettiness.
After hearing Public Enemy was announced to perform at a Bernie Sanders rally without him, Flav wrote a letter to Sanders himself asking for the performance to be stopped. Outraged at this behavior, Chuck D publically kissed Flav off, kicking him from the group.
The whole situation has enough melodrama to make it a high school teen drama. But, no, this is a public ousting being done by 50-year-old men.
In fact, Chuck D has acknowledged how petty the whole thing is. He tweeted “Flav will be OK. TMZ Drama is beneath me considering our age.” That’s gotta burn.
Now, with Flav no longer in the group, the Internet is abuzz with chatter about who will replace him in Public Enemy. You know what they say: when one door closes, someone else gets to keep Flavor Flav’s seat warm. That’s a thing, right?
Odds on Flavor Flav’s Replacement in Public Enemy
|Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz||-200|
|Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira||+250|
|Afrika Baby Bam||+275|
|Michael Diamond (Mike D)||+275|
|Flava Flav Returns||+325|
|Ali Shaheed Muhammad||+350|
|Zack De La Rocha||+425|
|Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)||+425|
|Raekwon The Chef||+700|
|Kool G Rap||+750|
|Ishmael “Butter Fly” Butler||+750|
|Shock G / Humpy Hump||+800|
|The Lady Of Rage||+900|
|LL Cool J||+1100|
|Kool Moe Dee||+1300|
|T La Rock||+1500|
|Dray (Dras EFX)||+1500|
|Trugoy The Dove||+1550|
|Kool Keith (All Aliases)||+1700|
|The Fresh Prince (Will Smith)||+1800|
|Big Daddy Kane||+1800|
|Skoob (Das EFX)||+2200|
Odds taken Mar. 9
Okay. Well, this is quite a list. Over 100 hip-hop artists are being considered to replace Flavor Flav now that he has been involuntarily removed from Public Enemy. So let’s see who will be a fitting replacement.
.@MrChuckD are you kidding me right now???,,,over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we've built over 35 years OVER POLITICS???,,,all because I don't wanna endorse a candidate,,,I'm very disappointed in you and your decisions right now Chuck,,,
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) March 2, 2020
There are some big names being considered to fill Flav’s shoes. It’s not exactly rocket science to know someone of Kanye West’s status isn’t going to be the one to do so. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be someone who has been in the hip-hop game for a while.
The Beastie Connection
The most likely choice and the one with the best odds is Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz. Ad Rock, one of the founding members of equally seminal hip-hop group The Beastie Boys makes sense because of his group’s connection with Public Enemy.
Considering Flavor Flav was ousted due to providing too much conflict, you’d imagine Chuck D would want to bring in a rapper who he has a connection with.
Spoke @BernieSanders rally with @EnemyRadio. If there was a $bag, Flav would’ve been there front & center. He will NOT do free benefit shows. Sued me in court the 1st time I let him back in. His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home & better find REHAB
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 2, 2020
After the death of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, Chuck D spoke very intimately about the intricate relationship Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys had. Now that both groups have experienced loss in different ways, bringing Ad Rock into Public Enemy just makes so much sense.
Naturally, many other rappers are being looked at as potential Public Enemy replacements. The odds are on Ad Rock for very good reason, though.
Pick: Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz (-200)
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