First aired on Q (06/16/11)
It's no surprise that legendary hype man and reality television star Flavor Flav's new book is coming out to a lot of hype. In his 52 years, Flav has had his fair share of highs and lows and he doesn't hold back in Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir.
Flav popularized the role of the hype man in the critically acclaimed rap group Public Enemy. While Chuck D was responsible for Public Enemy's politically charged lyrics, Flav kept the party going with his trademark "yeah boy" and "flavor flav" shouts. In a recent interview with Q host Jian Ghomeshi, Flav explained his role: "The hype man's job is to get everybody out of their seats and on the dance floor to have a good time."
Unfortunately for Flav, the party never stopped and he battled a drug addiction for many years. After some failed attempts in rehab and a departure from the public eye, Flav finally sobered up and moved to the west coast to launch his television career and separate himself from his former ways. He says in order to be successful he couldn't have the drugs — and what comes along with them — in his life. "I've taken a lot of time to build up the name Flavor Flav, but this could come tumbling down in 30 seconds," he told Q. "If you want to keep what you worked for hard all your life, then you got to do the right thing in your life."
Flav's memoir is filled with many juicy details, but it's not a tell-all tale. He says a lot that was left out of his first memoir will go into a follow-up. "Give them a little bit at a time," he said. "One thing you can't do with babies, you can't give them steak."
And was Flav wearing his signature clock while chatting with Ghomeshi? Of course. "It's like American Express. I don't leave home without it."
Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir
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From Health Communications Inc.:
"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."
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