On this date in 1959, William Jonathan Drayton, better known to the world as Flavor Flav, was born in New York. Flav is the former fan of the iconic Rock N ‘Roll Hall of Fame hip-hop group Public Enemy.
Growing up in Freeport, Long Island is where A young Flavor developed her love of music, learning to play the piano, drums, and guitar on her own. It was also on Long Island that a young adult Flav met Chuck Ridenhour, who later became known as Chuck D, the frontman of Public Enemy. The two were linked at Adelphi University on the island, where the two attended college and learned about each other’s love for Hip Hop.
As one of the founding members of PE, Flav was there in 1984 when the song “Public Enemy # 1” was recorded; the first track known to the group. In 1986, the team signed Rick Rubin on Def Jam, however Rubin initially did not want to sign Flav because he did not understand his role in the group.
From PE’s debut album Me! Bum rush the show, Flav was the buffoon of the hype for the ultra-serious and politically charged group that now included Chuck D, Terminator X and a security force known as the S1Ws. Songs like “Fight The Power”, “911 Is A Joke” and “I Can’t Do Nothin ‘For Ya Man” included Flav’s comic darts, which brought a balance to physical education.
Drugs and domestic problems hampered Flav for a short time during his career, yet he rebounded in the public eye as a pioneer of reality TV, with shows like Surreal life other The taste of love paving the way on reality television. Earlier this year, Chuck D announced that Flavor Flav was fired indefinitely from the group for his response to PE publicly endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race.
Congratulations to Flav on his birthday and TheSource.com wishes the Flavor Man many more!