Flavor Flav: The Icon, The Memoir

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From his twenty-five years as a member of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, to his career as a television personality, the word that best describes Flavor Flav is 'iconic.' Clock-wearing, colorful and sometimes controversial, William Drayton—known affectionately all around the world as simply 'Flav'—finally tells all.

In this compelling memoir, Flavor Flav takes the reader in vivid detail behind the scenes of his multi-faceted career. He spares no one, ...

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Overview

From his twenty-five years as a member of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, to his career as a television personality, the word that best describes Flavor Flav is 'iconic.' Clock-wearing, colorful and sometimes controversial, William Drayton—known affectionately all around the world as simply 'Flav'—finally tells all.

In this compelling memoir, Flavor Flav takes the reader in vivid detail behind the scenes of his multi-faceted career. He spares no one, revealing the tensions within Public Enemy and with Def Jam records, his struggles with addiction, his multiple visits to both rehab and to jail before re-inventing himself in reality television as VH1's most eligible—and most watched—bachelor. Taking readers on a journey into the truth behind his bigger-than-life image, Flavor Flav's presents his unique perspective on music and reality TV— how he survived the pressures of both to become one of the most-sampled and recognized figures in media.Told with the gritty, compassionate and often-hilarious style that has made the man a legend, this memoir is a thrill ride from the heights of celebrity to the depths of despair and back again to tell the tale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982702772
  • Publisher: Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 947,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born William Johnathan Drayton in Freeport, Long Island, 'Flavor Flav' is now acknowledged as the greatest hype man ever— inventing the role as a member of the ground-breaking rap group Public Enemy. Known for his unique persona, Flav has created styles, slangs and sayings that make him one of the most-sampled voices in music—and one of the most well-known celebrities in America. His multiple television series have shattered records for viewers of reality television, especially 'Flavor of Love', a spinoff of 'The Bachelor' in which sixteen young women competed for his affections over several seasons.

While he spent most of the 1990s addicted to crack cocaine, he has since cleaned up his life. He has seven children, between the ages of 26 and 3, by three different women, who he speaks with daily. In addition to being an accomplished musician proficient in 15 instruments, Flavor Flav is an experienced chef, an avid bowler and deeply spiritual human being.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Making of “Flavor Flav”

Chapter 1 It's All in the Name: The Birth of “Flavor Flav” 3

Chapter 2 Flavor and Public Enemy 9

Chapter 3 Flavor Flav Gets Clocked 25

Chapter 4 Hype or Hyper? 33

Chapter 5 Flavor Flav Prefers the Tour Bus 43

Chapter 6 How Drugs Kept Your Boy Out of Jail 59

Chapter 7 The Flavor of Money 63

Chapter 8 The Flavor of Drugs 69

Part 2 The Breaking of Flavor Flav

Chapter 9 Breaking the Flavor 79

Chapter 10 The $$ of Love 83

Chapter 11 An Icon on Lockdown 99

Chapter 12 An Icon Says Goodbye 121

Chapter 13 Grieving at the Phoenix House 131

Chapter 14 Insufficient Fun 135

Chapter 15 Chief Flavor 145

Chapter 16 The Flavor of Rock Bottom 155

Part 3 Recreating Flavor Flav

Chapter 17 A Surreal Flavor 173

Chapter 18 Strange Flavors 185

Chapter 19 The Real Flavor of Love 193

Chapter 20 Future Flavors 217

Conclusion 221

Shout Outs 223

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Pretty Good

    Good source of inspiration

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Yea boiiiiiiiiiio

    FLAVA FLAAAAAAAV

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