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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982702779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982702772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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.

Customer Reviews

Its not the best book, but its still ok.
Brad A. Sampson
I find that he is just lucky to have a career revival, and he takes no responsibility for any of his behavior.
smichal
I mean it's the most honest book I've ever read.
Dlj456

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Perry on May 20, 2011
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Being a fan of Public Enemy for over 20 years, I'm highly interested in Flav's thoughts about the group and his life, I can tell you that he doesn't hold back in this extremely revealing autobiography.

From his childhood to his success - his dark and triumphant times - it's all touched on. As somebody who thought he knew everything there is to know about PE and Flavor, I was riveted by some of the revelations in this book.

Flav, thank you for letting your fans have a taste of your amazing life - much PEace and love!

PE fans, hip-hop fans, reality TV fans, autobiography fans, great book fans ... pick up The Icon The Memoir today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grubgoat on April 21, 2013
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I was always a Public Enemy fan as a teenager. This whole book shocked the hell out of me! Basically Flav is saying that he was a crack-head long before, during, and long after P.E.'s peak. This is the band that sung "Night of the Living Base Heads"! I guess Chuck was really talking about Flav that whole time... (A guy at work said to me, "We all knew - he was skinny and always acting all messed up, of *course* that guy was on crack!!" Shows what I know...)

But, I also read this book in about 3 hours, which is suspiciously fast. He tells quick little vignettes of touring with Tupac and Slick Rick, but that's all you get, little quickies, and he's out. The entire book is this way. I'm not a fan of reality tv, so I never watched any of Flav's shows. But, a reality series based on Flav looking for love, when it turns out he already HAD a true love somewhere else...? I'm sensing a pattern here.

This man is *ALWAYS* running game. That's the bottom line. And he's likable for that reason, but this book is kind of like watching a Jerry Springer kind of show - those people always start out affable and reasonable, but talk to them for 20 minutes, and the story starts morphing, and new things are added, and suddenly they're asking to borrow money, etc.

Not to hate on Mr. Flav. But he's running game 24/7, that's how it is, and this book is evidence. Its NOT satisfying, its not fullfilling, its like a reality TV show, or a Star magazine, you get shocks and oohs and ahhhs, but then its over and you're just as empty as when it started.

What is IS though, is honest. I hope he does another one someday, with the same honesty, but more depth.

Or, maybe there's not any more depth to Flavor Flav? I personally doubt that...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeAhnnie on November 18, 2012
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I never finished the book. It was just all over and too flashy. I'm grateful it was only a few dollars.
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The book flavor flav: the icon the memoir is a great book for numerous reasons like its the true story of flav's life as well as letting ever person that reads it into his life from childhood until now the book does kind of jump around and back and forth but there is parts of the book where I can actually hear flav I read the first chapter the night I got the book I'm now writing this review the following night and I have almost completed the entire book (which I will have done by the end of the night) it's 100% a must read
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By Dlj456 on September 2, 2012
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What an interesting book! I mean it's the most honest book I've ever read. Flav gives a candid,honest look at what is going on in his head; man at times is it ever crazy! What a good read; I enjoyed this book
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By Brad A. Sampson on April 6, 2012
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I know it may sound corny that i said that but im serious this book is coo, its written basic for anyone simple english, he explains a lot of his life which is amazing cuz he did all those drugs that he can remember all those things cuz i can't rem anything lol, anyway the book is gd. Its not the best book, but its still ok.
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