- NAME: Flavor Flav
- OCCUPATION: Rapper, Singer, Reality Television Star
- BIRTH DATE: March 16, 1959 (Age: 54)
- Did You Know?: Flavor Flav reportedly owns more than 100 clocks.
- Did You Know?: Flavor Flav opened a restaurant called Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, in 2011.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Roosevelt, Long Island, New York
- Full Name: William Jonathan Drayton Jr.
- AKA: Flavor Flav
- AKA: Flava Flav
- AKA: William Jonathan Drayton
- AKA: William Drayton
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Flavor Flav is an American hip-hop artist known for his work with Public Enemy and for his appearances on the VH1 reality-television series The Surreal Life, Strange Love and Flavor of Love.
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Chuck also deeply respected Flav's musical instincts and skills. "He can play 15 instruments," Chuck once told a reporter.
But Flav's assets as a band member were offset by his addictions. Crack and cocaine increasingly became a big part of his life. In 1991 he was arrested for domestic violence, the result of an altercation he had with his then-girlfriend, Karen Moss, the mother of three of his children. Flav, who pled guilty to the charge, served 30 days in jail.
Two years later, Flav found himself in deeper trouble when he was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 90 days in prison. More trouble, in the form of additional domestic-violence and drug charges, followed.
For much of the 1990s, Flav was away from music, either dealing with legal issues or trying to get on top of his addiction problems by checking himself into the Betty Ford Clinic as well as the Long Island Center for Recovery.
In 2003, a humbled and still recovering Flav relocated to the West Coast and began seeking out television work. In 2004, he landed in the cast of the reality television series The Surreal Life, which, in part, documented his relationship with Brigitte Nielsen.
Viewer interest in the couple was so strong that it eventually inspired the creation of a brand-new series, Strange Love. When the couple split in 2006, Flav launched a new reality show, Flavor of Love, which ran for three seasons. That same year he released his first solo album, Flavor Flav, also known as Hollywood. The album received a tepid response from fans and critics.
While recent years have seen Flav reunite with Public Enemy, trouble has also continued to dog him. In April 2011 Flav made headlines when he was arrested by Las Vegas police. After pulling the hip-hop star over for a traffic violation, they discovered he had four outstanding warrants for parking violations, driving without a license and driving without insurance.
That same month Flav was forced to shut down his four-month-old Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa.
Flavor Flav, who is the father of seven children, lives in Los Angeles.
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