Flavor Flav on Addiction, Coining the Title of a Tone Loc Song, and How a Crackhead Started His Clock Trend
A: Because he left his clock at home.
Sounds almost too comical to be true, but that is exactly what happened.
Jena Ardell Flavor Flav felt honored to be invited to the Grammy Museum.
Despite the late start, Flavor Flav proved to be a well-spoken and entertaining guest at the Grammy Museum's "An Evening with Flavor Flav," mediated by Scott Goldman.
Flavor Flav discussed his new (and first) book, Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir, which hit shelves yesterday. By discussing his struggles with addiction, Flav hopes the memoir will help prevent readers from making similiar mistakes.
"I made a lot of mistakes within my life ... and I feel that God let me live through those mistakes so that way I can be able to teach about it ... he made me a major mouthpiece," Flavor Flav said during the discussion. "When I speak, millions of people listen, y'know, and I got the power to take one million lives at one time and shift them like a school of fish."
Public Enemy paved the way for both hip hop and the music industry as a whole by being the first group to ever insert samples into songs. They also were the first group to bring rap to England and the first rap group to perform at London Arena.
"I didn't know black people lived in England!" Flav said. "It was a trip to see black people over there with English accents."
Jena Ardell Flavor Flav spies someone he knows in the audience.
Flavor Flav described his addiction problem as "embarrassing" and said his move to Los Angeles saved his life and gave him a purpose. While in Los Angeles, Flavor Flav soon realized he had to quit drugs in order to pursue his dream of having a television and movie career.
Becoming sober was only part of Flavor Flav's formula for success. He also credits the Law of Attraction for his rise to stardom.
"If you think positive--positive can happen. If you think negative--the negative can happen," he said. "The way you think--that's what comes to your life."
During the discussion, we were surprised to learn that Flavor Flav coined a term that became one of the most popular songs in the '80s.