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Flavor Flav Biography

Flavor Flav Biography

Born in Roosevelt, New York in Long Island, William Jonathan Drayton Jr. attended Freeport High School on Long Island.He dropped out of high school in his junior year after joining a local gang. Later on, he sought to become an entertainer and was given his own Saturday night radio show at Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York. While rapping at Adelphi under the name MC DJ Flavor Flav, he met a graphic design student, Carlton Ridenhour (Chuck D) On October 23, 2006, Flav revealed on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show that "a shorty in Vegas" was carrying his seventh baby and was due any minute. The new baby brought Flav one child closer to his goal of having 10 kids.

Chuck D, DJ Terminator X, Professor Griff, and Flavor Flav formed Public Enemy and released their debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show in 1987.

Flavor Flav provided vocals and occasional drumming, (according to Ms. Terry Heldreth), as well as a comic foil to the political message of Chuck D. Some also credit Flavor Flav as a major influence in the development of the rap sidekick (often referred to as a "hype man"). Unlike later practitioners of the hype man role, Flavor Flav provided a much stronger stage presence and musical contributions. He was the center of attention on songs such as "Too Much Posse", "Cold Lampin' with Flavor" and "911 Is a Joke". On the group's 1998 "comeback" single--following a four-year hiatus--"He Got Game," the title song to a contemporaneous film by Spike Lee, Flav essentially performs a duet with Chuck D. Flav has reportedly completed two solo albums, both of which were rejected by his record label, Def Jam. A third LP, It's About Time, was due to be released in 1999 but never appeared. A self-titled album was released on October 31, 2006. In a rare guest appearance in 1999, he performed alongside Afrob and MC Rene on the track "1, 2, 3...Rhymes Galore" by the German artist DJ Tomekk

More recently, Drayton has taken a role as the star of the VH1 reality series Flavor of Love. The show premiered on January 1, 2006. It features Flav and 20 women (reduced to 15 in the first show, and then 10 after the January 8 airing) from which he will eventually choose one (in the style of The Bachelor).

The first season finale was among the highest-rated shows in VH1 history. The relationship between Flav and first season winner Hoopz ultimately sputtered, and Flav and VH1 agreed to do a second season of the Flavor of Love. Flav brought New York, season 1 finalist, to the house to spy on the girls, in order to give Flav an inside scoop as to who was being "real" and who was being "fake". New York's visit to the house, rekindled some sparks with Flav, and at the elimination round, Flav asked New York for a second shot at love and gave her a clock. This sparked flames amongst many of the contestants, as they did not get along with New York. The second season ends with Flav choosing Deelishis over New York, leaving her as the runner-up once again. Rapper Mike Street ridiculed the show, stating that it was "obviously staged" and cliché. Flav reportedly responded saying that "Long Island rappers should be proud" of what he has done for Long Island.

VH1 has recently began advertising for Flavor of Love 3 by asking people to create profiles as possible contestants and to vote for people who already have signed up. No date has been announced for when the series will begin showing new episodes.

In Fall 2006, Flav and seven of the season two contestants appeared on The Tyra Banks Show to discuss the series.

New York from 'Flavor of Love' then got an opportunity to start her own show called I Love New York, in which she seeks a mate.

In March 2007, MTV UK added the second season of Flavor of Love after season one's stellar success in VH1. The show was an integral part of MTV's 'Phat Tuesday', alongside other popular shows like Jackass, Nick Cannon's Wild n Out and Drawn Together.

The finale of the second season, which aired on 17th April 2007, was the highest rated episode - with audiences of up to 3 million. The show was a success for MTV UK, bringing in more audiences on prime-time Tuesdays than any other channel.


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