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Celebrity Slam (09/06/2017)

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Public Enemy beef

Another week, another beef.

It seems as though we’ve been seeing a particularly high beef concentration in this space recently. Don’t get us wrong – we’re big fans of the beef and enjoy consuming every luscious, sumptuous morsel of it and passing it along to you, the reader.

But not all beefs are created equal. And sometimes, we come across beefs that don’t taste quite as delicious as we might want them to. Perhaps it’s because the central tenet of the conflict is a bit too real and/or emotionally charged. Or maybe it’s something that has come between longtime friends in a way that feels potentially relationship-altering.

This latest beef falls very much into the latter category, falling between a pair of hip-hop legends in Flavor Flav and Chuck D. And as is so often the case when it comes to conflicts between longtime colleagues and collaborators, it’s about one thing.


According to court documents, Flav is suing Chuck in an effort to recoup cash that he claims he’s owed. Flav says that he and Chuck have a long-standing agreement with regards to the profits drawn from their music, performances and merchandising, but that he hasn’t seen a check in years. Meanwhile, Chuck is allegedly still getting paid.

Flav also claims that his voice and image were used without consent for the new Public Enemy album “Nothing is Quick in the Desert” released back in June. He requested $75K, but only received a tenth of that sum. There’s also a dispute over the licensing fees paid for the creation of a line of Public Enemy action figures.

In short, Flav thinks he deserves to get paid.

For his part, Chuck D thinks it will wind up being much ado about nothing, saying “Flav has his rights, but he took a wrong road on this one.” Chuck thinks that his bandmate is angry about some third-party shenanigans, but mostly just about how the business works now.

He went on to say that he fully expected Flav to be part of upcoming Public Enemy shows and that Flav “will again be embarrassed admitting on stage about the way it spun out. It’s always this way with him.”

Look, it makes sense – now that the weirdly fascinating “Flavor of Love” gravy train has come to an inauspicious halt, Flav needs to pay his bills. And if there’s an agreement in place that isn’t being honored, he has every right to demand satisfaction. Plus, the fact that Chuck D comes off as a little condescending and dismissive about the whole thing has to rub Flav the wrong way.

BUT – it also sounds like Chuck and the gang have been down this road before with Flav. And one can only imagine how exhausting it must be to deal with someone who is constantly convinced that they’re somehow being screwed in a deal. Of course, if that someone actually is getting screwed in a deal, well … that certainly alters the dynamic of the situation.

As is so often the case in situations such as this, we reckon that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. We can only hope that it won’t irreparably alter the relationship between these two music icons – it would be a shame for Public Enemy to survive such a lengthy, tumultuous history only to be torn asunder by money issues. Flav – if you’re wrong, we hope you can be man enough to admit that fact. But if you’re right?

Fight the power.

Cash me outside update

In other, much funnier hip-hop news, Danielle Bregoli – the infamous “Cash Me Outside” nitwit whose inexplicable appeal somehow continues – has apparently dropped a rap single.

Titled “These Heaux” – pronounced exactly how you think would be – landed late last month. Apparently, the single has landed high on Spotify’s Viral 50 list, sitting in second place behind only Taylor Swift’s new one “Look What You Made Me Do.”

We here at Celebrity Slam freely admit to being a part of the media apparatus that has resulted in the celebration of unpleasant no-talents such as Ms. Bregoli. A small, unimportant part, to be sure, but a part nevertheless. For that, we can only say – we’re sorry.

Seriously – we’ve been doing this for nearly a decade and still have no idea of how this happened. Again, we apologize. And may God have mercy on our souls.


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