Since the 1980s, pioneering rap crew Public Enemy has remained one of Hip-Hop’s most notable acts and continued their impressive run with an album released this summer. Flava Flav, the hype man to lead rapper Chuck D, has filed a lawsuit against his longtime bandmate for missing royalties over the years.
In docs, obtained by TMZ, Flav says he and Chuck have a long-standing agreement to share profits from their music, live concerts and merchandise — but he hasn’t seen a royalty check in several years. Flav says he co-wrote more than 50 of the group’s songs, and he’s especially pissed because Chuck’s still getting paid.
What’s worse … the rapper claims his voice and image were used without his consent on the new PE album, “Nothing Is Quick in the Desert” … released in June. Flav says he requested $75k for the record, but only got $7,500. He thought he was going to get the remainder later, but it never came.
Flav’s also going after producer Gary G-Wiz for making a deal to create action figures of Public Enemy without his knowledge. In the suit, Flav says Gary got cash from the toy company, but he got zilch.
Gary G-Wiz is a member of the Bomb Squad production crew that helped build the basis of the Public Enemy sound.
Flava Flav is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.