Flavor Flav Chuck D's the Enemy Now ... Where are My Royalties?!

Flavor Flav

It seems that all is not well within the Public Enemy camp, as it's been revealed that rapper Flavor Flav is suing his bandmates.

Flavor Flav is taking on Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, along with members of the group's production and management teams, according to Billboard. The suit goes on to allege that Flavor Flav's lyrics and vocals had been used on previous Public Enemy recordings "without compensation", citing the group's 1988 single "Bring the Noise" as an example.

Flav claims he hasn't been getting regular songwriting royalty statements for several years, even though he's penned more than 50 of Public Enemy's songs.

Documents obtained by the outlet reportedly show the Long Island native, born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., is suing over unpaid royalties and use of his likeness on Public Enemy's July album, "Nothing is Quick in the Desert". Flav says he requested $75k for the record, but only got $7,500. "He had never heard of the album, nor heard any of the final mixes", court documents stated, according to Billboard. Flav also alleges that he was not consulted about a set of Public Enemy action figures, which were sculpted in Japan, and has received no payment from the sale of the toys.

Flav's lawsuit claims that he and Chuck D, real name Carlton Ridenhour, had agreed that any profits that arise from the group's name would be shared equally between them.

Flav is seeking unspecified damages.

The suit states that Rinaldo "entered into merchandising deals for products as disparate as Public Enemy branded watches, dolls of Drayton and bicycles, all without consent of Drayton, all without advance notice or compensation to Drayton".



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