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Flavor Flav: The Icon. The Memoir. The Book review

Updated on December 17, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

The Vitals

Flavor Flav: the Icon, the Memoir by Flavor Flav

228 pages, 2011 Farrah Gray Publishing (US)

Total Rating: 31/35

author and icon, Flavor Flav
author and icon, Flavor Flav
Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Flavor Flav: the Icon, the Memoir

A review

By Justin W. Price

(a slightly modified version of this review will be in eFiction Humor)

Flavor Flav: Self-proclaimed “Greatest Hype Man of all time”, inventor of the term “gee” and “the most sampled voice in the history of music”. These, and other outrageous claims,are only a few of the gems you’ll find in this entertaining and scathingly honest memoir. While it’s certainly hard to refute—or confirm—many of these claims, it’s this braggadocio and confidence that makes this book such a satisfying and enlightening read.

William Jonathan Drayton (AKA, Flavor Flav) pulls no punches in this autobiography. He’s frank about his addiction to crack cocaine, his domestic violence, his love life (seven kids, from three different baby mamas) and not so public feud with fellow Public Enemy member, Professor Griff. The fact that it took three paragraphs to even reference his tenure with one of the most popular and influential hip hop groups of all time shows the diversity of his life and this book.

You’ll discover the origins of the ever present clock, of the name Flavor Flav, what really happened between he and Brigitte Nielsen, behind the scenes of Flavor of Love and of Public Enemy itself. This memoir has one of the strongest voices I’ve ever read in a memoir. It would be impossible to read this without hearing Flav talking to you. It’s very conversational and chock full of Flavor’s famous vernacular (“n’aw mean?” “A’ight”, “Hee hee, har har”) and supreme confidence.

You’ll discover that he is an incredibly loyal and loving person and deeply religious. He takes you as honestly no holds barred through the ups and downs, the funny and the tragic, the sexy and the sacred, often in the same chapter. To close the book, he also gives you some of his recipes. These alone are worth the cost of purchase.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Public Enemy or Flavor Flav, this book is a must read. It’s a fascinating, honest look at one of the most recognizable celebrities of our day.

Writing/Editing Quality: 7/10

Entertainment quality: 19/20

Originality: 5/5

Total Rating: 31/35

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks frank :-) Love or not, he's an interesting character! That cannot be denied, imho

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      PDX very good clear and well put together.. I can't stand Flav o flav.. but you I like :) voted up and awesome!!!!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Ardie... the book is everything you could imagine from flav. You won't be disappointed.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much, deborah!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Sue, thanks for reading anyway... and if you decide to pick it up, you won't regret it!

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      Okay, you got me. From your review alone I will be buying this book. I admit it...I adore Flavor Flav! I can only imagine the type of book he would put out. He's such a character =) Great review Justin

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      This is a great review... voted up


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      6 years ago

      Hi Justin,

      Great review but I can't see myself reading this book.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care :)

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Till, it's a quick and fascinating read. Well worth your time!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Gypsy!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Michael, it's certainly a good memoir and so easy to read. I actually find celebrities fascinating, though i try to stay away from the rags.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Normally I wouldn't be too interested about Flavor Flav's book but since I saw you had written the review I wanted to read it. Once I did, you have convinced me that I should read the book. You've made it sound interesting and 'honest', a good combination.

      Voted this hub up, and interesting.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Nice hub here PDX on Flavor Flav's new book, you definitely got me thinking about his memoir of his life.

      Thanks man for sharing this cool info about it all, and even though I don't like reading about superstar's and all maybe I might take a look at this one, I will see. Voted up and out!


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