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Chuck D and Flavor Flav have been performing together on and off as part of Public Enemy for the last 31 years, so even though there’s now a bit of civil litigation between them, their collaboration’s far from over. That’s according to Chuck D, who’s taking this lawsuit from Flav—who’s aggrieved by unauthorized use of his image and voice, and is seeking unpaid royalties—in stride. The artist tells TMZ that “Flav has his rights, but took a wrong road on this.” Still, he says, “we will be [together] on a future stage,” even if it means the Surreal Life alum “will again be embarrassed admitting on stage about the way it spun out. It’s always this way with him.”

Chuck D says he’s actually not playing into the drama of a purported riff between them, though he seemed to be sneaking in a jab in this tweet about the lawsuit and press:

Flav is suing over unpaid royalties for songs he contributed to, after all, as well as merchandising deals. But Chuck D doesn’t think anyone should be too hard on Flavor Flav for this “#stupid” lawsuit, which he thinks is being pushed by his new management.

Chuck D then appeared to quash the beef he’d been grilling up by switching the focus to relief efforts in Houston.

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