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Flavor Flav

William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. (born March 16, 1959), 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. After falling out of the public eye for a number of years, he reappeared as the star of several VH1 reality series, including The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and Flavor of Love. Drayton grew up in Freeport, New York. Flav began playing the piano at age five; and is self-taught. A musical prodigy, he sang in the youth choir at his church and mastered the piano, drums, and guitar at an early age. He eventually became proficient in 15 instruments. He set a house on fire as a small child while playing with a lighter; by the time he dropped out of school in the 11th grade, he had been in and out of jail for robbery and burglary. Flav graduated from culinary school in 1978, and has cooked in several restaurants. He attended Adelphi University on Long Island where he met Carlton Ridenhour, who would become known as Chuck D. Flavor Flav took his stage

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Flavor Flav -- Busted for Illegal Fireworks ... Again

Flavor Flav
Busted for Illegal Fireworks ... Again

In a tradition as time-honored as the Fourth of July itself, Flavor Flav was once again busted for having illegal fireworks. Flav -- who has been getting his fireworks shows busted up since… READ MORE >

Flavor Flav -- I'm Throwing Myself At the Judge's Mercy [VIDEO]

Flavor Flav
I'm Throwing Myself At the Judge's Mercy [VIDEO]

Flavor Flav is begging the judge in his speeding case for mercy ... because if you can't speed to your mom's funeral ... when can you?Flav says he was late for the funeral earlier this month ...… READ MORE >

- 300 days ago
Flavor Flav -- I've Fixed My Suspended Licenses -- ALL 16 OF 'EM!

Flavor Flav
I've Fixed My Suspended Licenses ALL 16 OF 'EM!!

Flavor Flav has what he believes is a solid excuse for beating his speeding ticket ... he was racing to his mother's funeral. Flav -- aka William Drayton -- went to court in NY today for his… READ MORE >

- 300 days ago
Flavor Flav -- ARRESTED For Driving on 16 License Suspensions ... Then Let Go!

Flavor Flav
Arrested for Driving on 16 License Suspensions THEN LET GO!

Flavor Flav was arrested today in Hempstead, NY in a bizarre bust ... triggered by the fact Flav had 16 suspensions on his license -- yes, 16.According to cops ... Flav was driving a black… READ MORE >

- 319 days ago
Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken Kicks the Bucket ... For Good

Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken
Kicks the Bucket ... For Good

Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs has fried its last drumstick -- TMZ has learned, the fast food joint just got evicted once and for all from its last remaining location, following an epic battle… READ MORE >

- 487 days ago
Flavor Flav -- Enough Fireworks to Blow Up a Small Country ... Update: SHUT DOWN

Flavor Flav
Enough Fireworks to Blow Up a Small Country Update: SHUT DOWN

5:00 PM PT -- It's a no go. Sources tell TMZ, cops just showed up to Flav's house and told him he'd be arrested if he set off a single firework. BUMMER. North Korea is so jealous right now… READ MORE >

- 508 days ago
Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken -- We're Baaaack in Business ... For Now

Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken
We're Baack In Biz ... For Now

You can't keep good chicken down ... Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs joint has been cleared to re-open -- one day after the landlord shut it down and evicted Flav.Attorneys for the restaurant in… READ MORE >

- 522 days ago
Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken -- Officially Evicted in Michigan

Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken
Officially Evicted Locks Changed, Staff Booted

LANDLORD VICTORY BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIII -- Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken & Ribs has officially been evicted from its location in Sterling Heights, Michigan ... and police wasted no time clearing… READ MORE >

- 522 days ago
Flavor Flav's Chicken Joint -- WE COULD'VE BEEN POISONED

Flavor Flav's Chicken Joint
We Could've Been Poisoned

The people behind Flavor Flav's Michigan chicken joint claim their landlords DON'T DESERVE RENT ... because the guys who own the building exposed them to POISON GAS!!!We broke the story ... Flavor… READ MORE >

- 528 days ago
Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken Empire ... Is Thiiiis Close to Death

Flavor Flav's
Fried Chicken Empire Is Thiiiis Close to Death

Flavor Flav's run as a fast food mogul could be over in a matter of weeks ... because the last of his fried chicken joints has been hit with eviction papers ... TMZ has learned. Flavor Flav's… READ MORE >

- 529 days ago

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