Chuck D is thought to be living in a hotel after his California home was destroyed by wildfire.

Chuck D

Chuck D

The rapper's home was burned down by Thomas Fire - the largest wildfire in modern California history.

The Public Enemy star's situation has been reported by The Blast after it learned his former bandmade Flavor Flav is trying to sue Chuck - real name Carlton Ridenhour - and the group's management for his share of profits.

When Flav's legal representative attempted to serve Chuck D with papers in December they found his home was right in the path of Thomas Fire, which has swept California, and it has been destroyed. They filed papers stating he is now living in a hotel room in an unknown location.

As Chuck is a travelling musician with Prophets of Rage, and he now has no fixed abode, Flav is currently pursuing an alternative way to serve the lawsuit.

Thomas Fire is now 92 per cent contained, according to fire officials, having burned more than 280,000 acres and destroying over 1,000 buildings.

It is hoped the recent heavy rain in Southern California will help douse the remains of the fire, but residents are now facing deadly mudslides as a result.

Meanwhile, Chuck recently said he believes a decline in hip-hop music has rejuvenated the industry.

The 57-year-old musician described rap music as a "crumbling art form" in his 1997 book 'Fight the Power', and previously suggested it shifted from the hands of the artist to possession of the "corporate" bosses.

Speaking to Billboard, he said: "It's been culturally strip-mined to the point where the mountain of what the music is isn't being rejuvenated.

"But it's been dried up so much that there's beauty the same way there's a rose in the concrete. There's so much beauty with many artists who are now not making records to cater to the demands of a president of a company.

"They realise that, today, instead of a download/acquisition business, it's now a business of [garnering] attention."

Last year Chuck D released his latest book 'Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History'.


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