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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'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 >

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 >

- 714 days ago
Flavor Flav's Fiancee ODs On VH1's 'Couples Therapy' [UPDATED]

Flavor Flav's Fiancee
Overdoses On VH1's 'Couples Therapy' [UPDATED]

5:45 PM PT -- A rep for Flavor tells TMZ, Liz was NOT treated for an OD. The rep says Liz was briefly treated for exhaustion at the hospital after being kept awake all night doing "Couples… READ MORE >

- 787 days ago
Flavor Flav -- Accused Of Double-Knife Rampage Before Arrest

Flavor Flav
Accused Of Double-Knife Rampage Before Arrest

Flavor Flav violently threw his fiancee to the ground last night, ripped out her earring, then chased her teenage son around the house while clutching TWO KNIVES -- this according to the police… READ MORE >

- 952 days ago
Flavor Flav Arrested for Assault with Deadly Weapon

Flavor Flav
Arrested for Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Flavor Flav was arrested early this morning in Vegas after allegedly threatening a teenager in his house with a deadly weapon, TMZ has learned.Law enforcement sources tell us, the teenager is the… READ MORE >

- 953 days ago
Flavor Flav to Miley Cyrus -- Nice to Meet You ... GWEN STEFANI

Flavor Flav to Miley Cyrus
Nice to Meet You ... Gwen Stefani

And this week's painfully cringeworthy award goes to ... FLAVOR FLAV ... who met Miley Cyrus backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and was convinced she was GWEN STEFANI.… READ MORE >

- 976 days ago
Flavor Flav -- Tax Lien Makes Him a Public Enemy

Flavor Flav
Does He Have a Tax Lien? Yeah, Boyyyy!

Flavor Flav's rise to reality fame is gonna cost him ... big time -- at least according to the federal government, which claims the rapper owes nearly a MILLION bucks in back taxes from… READ MORE >

- 1020 days ago
Flavor Flav -- Hijacks an Airplane ... Loud Speaker

Flavor Flav
Hijacks an Airplane ... Loud Speaker

Where can I get some fried chicken ... is NOT what people usually think about during landing, but that didn't stop Flavor Flav from jumping on an airplane's loud speaker to promote his chicken… READ MORE >

- 1047 days ago
Flavor Flav -- I Will NEVER Stop Blowing Things Up

Flavor Flav
I Will NEVER Stop Blowing Things Up

Flavor Flav has a dilemma -- he loves fireworks, he hates jail, but he REALLY wants to throw another insane 4th of July party next year ... despite the warning he got from police. Flav dodged a… READ MORE >

- 1055 days ago
Flavor Flav Ignites Mega-Explosion ... Cops Rush In

Flavor Flav
Ignites Mega-Explosion ... Cops Rush In

It looked like a post-apocalyptic WAR ZONE when cops arrived to Flavor Flav's home on the 4th of July ... with smoke, loud explosions, and a charged up mob ... and the whole thing was caught on… READ MORE >

- 1056 days ago

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