Television appearances include: The Surreal Life 3 , VH1, 2004; Strange Love , VH1, 2005; Flavor of Love , VH1, 2006; Flavor of Love 2 , VH1, 2006.While Flavor Flav was best known for being the court jester-like MC of the influential rap group Public Enemy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he found new fame from his appearances on a number of reality shows in the early 2000s.On the tour, Flav had to deal with recently acquired addictions to crack and cocaine.
By this time, he was abusing Quaaludes, PCP, marijuana, and alcohol in addition to crack and cocaine.
In 1991, Flav was arrested for an assault against Karen Ross, his then-girlfriend and mother of three of his children.
By this time, he had already began rapping under the handle MC DJ Flavor.
Flav's career took a turn when he met Carlton Ridenhour, a graphic design student at Adelphi University who became a rapper dubbed Chuck D.
While he plead guilty to the charges and served 30 days in jail, his addictions only grew stronger after he was released and lost custody of his children.
His addictions also created problems with his band-mates in Public Enemy.Bum Rush the Show , 1987; released solo album, Flavor Flav , 2006.Film appearances include: Mo' Better Blues , 1990; New Jack City , 1991.Born William Johnathon Drayton, Jr., March 16, 1959, in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York; son of William Sr.and Anna Drayton; children: three (with Karen Ross), three (with Angie Parker), one (with a former girlfriend).He later claimed that this persona was created out of necessity, telling Burhan Wazir of the Observer in 2000, "Right now, you're interviewing Flavor Flav. Their influence stretched beyond rap to a mainstream audience as they combined political and social concerns in their rhymes with frenzied productions.