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.