Odds to Replace Flavor Flav in Public Enemy – Adam “Ad Rock” Horowitz Favored

Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav has been ousted by Public Enemy's Chuck D. Photo by kowarski (Wiki Commons)
  • 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

Prop Odds
Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz -200
Black Thought +100
Large Professor +150
Ice-T +175
B-Real +200
Common +225
Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira +250
Krs-One +250
Afrika Baby Bam +275
Michael Diamond (Mike D) +275
Talib Kweli +300
Slick Rick +300
Flava Flav Returns +325
MC Lyte +350
Sadat X +350
Ali Shaheed Muhammad +350
Missy Elliot +375
Snoop Dogg +420
Zack De La Rocha +425
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) +425
Kanye West +450
Q-Tip +475
Paris +475
Stic.Man +500
Method Man +525
DMC +550
Ice Cube +600
Fatlip +600
Killer Mike +625
Kendrick Lamar +625
Biz Markie +650
Grand Puba +650
Raekwon The Chef +700
M-1 +700
Kool G Rap +750
Ishmael “Butter Fly” Butler +750
Shock G / Humpy Hump +800
Nikki D +850
Chubb Rock +850
Chunky A +850
CL Smooth +900
Marley Marl +900
The Lady Of Rage +900
Monie Love +950
Posdnuos +950
Sen Dog +1000
Busta Rhymes +1000
LL Cool J +1100
D-Nice +1150
Rakim +1150
Maseo +1200
Lauryn Hill +1250
Childish Gambino +1300
Kool Moe Dee +1300
Redman +1300
Erick Sermon +1350
Eminem +1400
Schooly D +1400
Dres +1450
T La Rock +1500
MC Search +1500
Dray (Dras EFX) +1500
Kid +1500
Pepa +1500
Trugoy The Dove +1550
Positive K +1550
Dave East +1550
Masta Ace +1550
Fat Joe +1600
Nas +1600
Just-Ice +1700
Ludacris +1700
Kool Keith (All Aliases) +1700
RZA +1750
Milk Dee +1750
The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) +1800
Warren G +1800
Big Daddy Kane +1800
Masta Killa +1900
Greg Nice +1900
Treach +1900
Money-B +1900
GZA +2000
Big Boi +2000
Rev. Run +2000
MF Doom +2100
Meek Mill +2100
Sticky Fingaz +2100
Skoob (Das EFX) +2200
Parrish Smith +2200
Lloyd Banks +2300
Lil Wayne +2300
Moung MC +2400
Eve +2400
Play +2400
Coolio +2500
Fredro Starr +2600
Ed O.G. +2600
Queen Latifah +2600
Scott Ian +2600
Dr. Dre +2700

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.

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.

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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