Flavor Flav
American rapper
Flavor Flav
William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., better known by his stage name Flavor Flav, is an American musician and television personality who rose to prominence as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. He is also known for popularizing the role of the hype man and for yelling "Yeah boy!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances.
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PBS's <i>Soundbreaking</i>: Hank Shocklee Explains How Recording a Song is Harder Than Turning on Your iPhone
Huffington Post - 4 months
Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records. But the thing to understand about record production, says Hank Shocklee, is that the principle is the same. Shocklee (above) is one of more than a hundred voices explaining the production mystique in Soundbreaking, an exhaustive eight-part PBS series that launches at 10 p.m. ET Monday. It was the last project of the late Sir George Martin (below), who is best known for producing the Beatles, and it ropes in artists and producers from Paul McCartney, Elton John and B.B. King to Questlove and Sheila E. Its sheer length might wear some casual music fans down, but as a look into why so many great records sounded great, it's insightful and invaluable. This isn't about how the sausage was made. This is about how Sgt. Pepper, Thriller and Fear of a Black Planet were made. Shocklee is best known for producing some of the most explosive hip-hop albums ever, when he and the aptly named Bomb Squad ...
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Flavor Flav DUI cases closed in Las Vegas, Henderson
Yahoo News - 9 months
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav has completed court requirements on misdemeanor driving under the influence cases in Las Vegas and neighboring Henderson.
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Watch Flavor Flav Deliver The Weather Report In His Own Unique Way
Huffington Post - 12 months
You've never seen the weather report delivered like this before. Hip-hop star Flavor Flav stopped by FOX13 in Salt Lake City for an interview on Saturday. And he tried out in front of the green screen while he was there. Pointing at the map, he reeled off the temperatures and made jokes about location names. He finished up on an upbeat -- though rather vague -- note. "The weather's gonna be kind of good today, you know what I'm saying." The rapper also announced the news station's song of the day as "Bring the Noise" by his own group Public Enemy and helped out with the pet segment. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Your Holiday Is $#*%, and Your Costume Is Racist
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cloistered in my blogger hovel, surrounded by dusty books, cobwebs, and my WiFi router -- I don't often get out. And I certainly don't celebrate the Halloween, so my decision to stir this boiling cauldron may not be appropriate -- but it is not as inappropriate as your white friend Todd's costume. You see, if Todd goes out on October 31st wearing a poncho and colorful sombrero (and your friend Todd is not from Central America) then your friend Todd is a racist. Or at least acting racist. Now, Todd may not be a bad guy, he just might not know. And I understand that, I haven't always known either -- and that's why I'm going to do my best to explain it to him, despite my own obvious whiteness. We white folk are particularly insensitive because we don't have a lot to be sensitive about. All of culture bends to our social norm. There is no single word (other than "racist" perhaps) that you can call a white man and offend him. I've been reflecting on this issue, and I think I've found ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Uberdose: 911 for People Who Should Call for Help, But Won't
Huffington Post - over 1 year
To a certain extent, I think we all knew this was coming. For as long as there have been efforts to equip police officers and public transit workers with naloxone -- "the overdose antidote" -- to reverse opiate overdoses and resuscitate dying patients near instantaneously, it was almost a given that someone was eventually going to pipe up and say, "There should be an Uber for heroin overdoses." It's taken awhile, but with the reports coming from Chicago last week of 74 reported heroin overdoses in 72 hours, I think it's safe to say it out loud: "There should be an Uber for heroin overdoses." For all opiate overdoses, in fact; for any overdose that could be reversed if someone nearby happened to be carrying naloxone (a.k.a. "narcan") and got an alert on their phone that said "Somebody's on the verge of dying around the corner and you can save their life right now." There should be an app for that. It's not all that far-fetched of an idea, really -- especially if you're a ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Flavor Flav
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    Flav was arrested near Las Vegas on May 21, 2015, on charges including speeding and driving under the influence.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    Flav's mother, Anna Drayton, died on December 31, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    On October 17, 2012, Flav was jailed in Las Vegas on felony charges stemming from a domestic argument with Trujillo and threats to attack her teenage son, Gibran, with a knife.
    More Details Hide Details Flav was pulled over on Long Island's Meadowbrook Parkway for driving in a zone, and was additionally charged with possession of marijuana and unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Authorities discovering Flav had 16 suspensions on his license. He was en route to his mother's funeral.
    As of at least October 2012, Elizabeth Trujillo, mother of their youngest son, Karma, lived with him in Las Vegas and had been his fiancée for eight years.
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    Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor in Las Vegas opened on his birthday in March 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Flavor Flav teamed up with Gino Harmon and Salvatore Bitonti to start a national franchise known as Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs, which opened December 21, 2012 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The business was not affiliated with the previous two ventures Flavor Flav has had in the restaurant business. Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs was a casual dining experience with a quick serve attitude. They are known for making their sides from scratch. The ribs were smoked then dipped in the house sauce, and the chicken came in fresh weekly from the Gold’n Plump Company. Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs closed in July 2013 after being evicted by its landlord for failure to pay rent.
    From June to September 2012, Flav co-starred and rapped in the web series Dr. Fubalous.
    More Details Hide Details Flav has also appeared in YooHoo & Friends as Father Time.
    On February 11, 2012, Flav appeared as an honorary member of the UNLV Rebellion during the UNLV Runnin' Rebels victory over San Diego State, 65-63.
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    On February 5, 2012, Flav appeared along with Elton John in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI.
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    On January 10, 2012, Flav appeared with his longtime fiancée Liz on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap.
    More Details Hide Details His fiancée traded places with Suzette, the wife of Twisted Sister front-man Dee Snider.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    On August 14, 2011, Flav appeared as a host at the twelfth annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    On May 10, 2010, Flav guest hosted the wrestling show WWE Raw.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    On November 18, 2009, Flav became a downloadable character in the PlayStation Network's video game Pain.
    More Details Hide Details Flav stars in Deon Taylor's horror anthology Nite Tales and Dark Christmas.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    On June 14, 2006, Flav's participation, with WEVR-MRC, in the Lisa Tolliver Show celebration of National Safety Month, earned kudos from Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    Also in 2005, Flavor Flav made a guest appearance in the animated sitcom The Simpsons as himself, in the episode Pranksta Rap.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    Flav has appeared as a playable fighter in the 2004 fighting game; Def Jam: Fight for NY In May 2005, Flav took part in the UK reality TV show The Farm on Channel 5.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002, Flav appeared in Taking Back Sunday's music video for their song You're So Last Summer.
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  • 2000
    Age 40
    Flav dated Beverly Johnson, and by 2000, he lived in a small apartment in the Bronx with her and her two children from a previous marriage and his sister Jean Delores Madison, while making money scalping basketball tickets.
    More Details Hide Details Following his release from jail, Flav broke up with Johnson and moved in with his mother on Long Island. Chuck D became concerned about his friend's well-being and, towards the end of 2003, suggested Flav move to Los Angeles. He moved into his friend Princess' apartment and within months met Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin, the creators and executive producers of the reality television series The Surreal Life. The pair sought him as soon as they heard he had moved to Los Angeles. Seeing that he had indeed remained free from his previous addictions, they wanted to cast him. Initially Flav refused, feeling the show was for celebrities past their fame. He was eventually convinced to join by previous participant MC Hammer. Flav has seven children: Shanique, Karen, William, Dazyna, Quanah, Kayla, and Karma. He had his first three children with Karen Ross, and three with Angie Parker. His fiancée, Liz, is the mother of his youngest, Karma.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    After Flav's father died of diabetes in 1997, Flav decided to re-enter rehabilitation, this time at the Long Island Center for Recovery.
    More Details Hide Details At one point, he broke both arms in a motorcycle crash. In 2002, Flav spent nine weeks in Rikers Island jail for driving with a suspended license, numerous parking tickets, and tardiness for probation appointments. On May 2, 2011, Flav was arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses. Police said the rapper had two outstanding arrest warrants for driving without a license, one for driving without insurance, and one related to a parking citation. Flav has since been released. In June 2011, Flav told Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show that when his drug problem was at its worst, he would spend up to US$2,600 a day on crack cocaine.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 26
    Rubin initially did not understand Flav's role in the act and wanted to sign Chuck D as a solo act; however Chuck D insisted that Flav be signed with them and the two were signed to Def Jam in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The group's first album Yo! Bum Rush the Show was released in 1987. Flav served as the comic foil to Chuck D's serious, politically charged style. The group gained much wider fame with their following release, 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which went double platinum. By the time the political single "Fight the Power" was issued in 1989, the group had become mainstream superstars. Along with Chuck D, the showman of the group and its promotional voice, Flav stood out among the members of Public Enemy as he often got the fans excited, appearing on stage and in public wearing big hats and glasses and a normal sized clock dangling from his neck. The first released track on which Flav rapped solo was "Life of a Nigerian" on Goat Ju JU, though the first hit on which he rapped solo would not come until the 1990s single "911 Is a Joke". During Public Enemy's first years of existence, Flav experienced tensions with group-mate Professor Griff, who never liked Flav's flamboyant stance in what Griff felt to be a serious, politically-challenging group. In 2006, Flav put out his first solo album. It was released during the second season of Flavor of Love.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 18
    Flav graduated from culinary school in 1978, and has cooked in several restaurants.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Adelphi University on Long Island where he met Carlton Ridenhour, who would become known as Chuck D. Flavor Flav took his stage name after his graffiti tag. They first collaborated on Chuck D's hip-hop college radio show, then began rapping together. The two worked for Chuck D's father's delivery service. Flav came to prominence as a founding member and hype man of the rap group Public Enemy. In 1984, the group released a track, "Public Enemy #1", which brought them to the attention of Def Jam Records executive Rick Rubin.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on March 16, 1959.
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