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Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir Hardcover – May 11, 2011
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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.
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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...
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.