William Jonathan Drayton Jr. Net Worth
The all time flavor lad, ‘William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.’, more popularly known by his stage name ‘Flavor Flav’, has topped the list of richest rappers with a whooping estimated net worth of $9 million dollars. 2011 found this rapper’s career in a pitiable state, but sudden miracle pulled his drowning career to the highest pinnacle when Flava Flav was recorded as the highest paid rapper with a $58 million in between April 2013 to April 2014. Popularly known for his shouting words ‘Yeah lad!’ and ‘Flavor flav!’ in between his stage performances, Flavor Flav is the component behind popularizing the character of hype man in stage shows.
Within a brief span of time, this group was able to bring much audience and get gold or platinum certification for the album released in between 1980s to 1990s.
Taking some time away from the music world, Flav tried his fortune in television too, where he participated in the third season of VH1’s reality show ‘The Surreal Life’ and developed a relationship with actress Brigitte Nielsen. With the ending of ‘The Surreal Life’, Flav and Brigitte were casted in VH1’s another reality show named ‘Strange Love’. This one hour 11 episodes show focused solely on the love and connection of Flav and Brigitte. But throughout the episodes the duo went on constant fights and yells due to mutual jealousy and ended up in separation. It’s an American reality show where 20 distinct women compete for Flav’s love dwelling together in a home. To locate his lady love Flav is assisted by his mom, ex-girlfriend Brigitte Nielsen (only for first season), his bodyguard named Big Rick and Tiffany Pollard (second season).
In 1984, the group got interest of Def Jam Records with their ‘Public Enemy #1’ track and released their first album in collaboration with Def Jam Records — ‘Yo! Bum Rush the Show’ (1987). ‘Life of a Nigerian’ was Flav’s first solo rap track. In 2006, Flav appeared with a first solo album which was released during the second season of ‘Flavour of Love’.
Born as ‘William Jonathan Drayton Jr. on March 16, 1959, Flavor Flav had filed his presence in multiple platforms — as musician, celebrity, rapper, television figure and comedian. Born in Roosevelt, New York and brought up in Hempstead, Ny, Flav began playing piano at age five and eventually became capable of playing 15 instruments. He was school dropout and has been on a jail stroll for many robbery and burglary.
He met Carlton Ridenhour, popularly referred to as ‘Chuck D’, in Adelphi University from where they first collaborated in Chuck D’s hip hop college radio show and moved on to rapping.
His bundle paved way to wealth with his earnings from his TV shows. His cashed his bundle from smart stock investments, substantial property holdings and lucrative endorsement deals with Cover Girl make-up. The also owns several restaurants in Washington.
Personal Life and Legal problems
In 1991, Flav was sentenced to 30 days jail for assaulting his then girlfriend — Karen Ross. This led him to heavy addiction. In 1993, Flav was charged with 90 days incarceration for murder attempt and domestic violence. Flav’s dad died of diabetics in 1997, followed by which Flav decided to re-join the rehabilitation centre at Long Island for recovering from drug addiction.
Flav has seven children. Shaniq, Karen, William Jr. were with were with Karen Ross; Dazyna, Quanah and Kayla were with his ex-girlfriend Angie Parker and Liz is the mom of his youngest kid, Karma. As of at least October 2012, Elizabeth Trujillo, then 39, lived with him in Vegas and had been his fiancee for eight years. Flav’s lost his mother Anna Drayton, on December 31, 2013.
Flav dated Beverly Johnson and moved into a small apartment in the Bronx with her and her two children from her previous marriage. In 2002, Flav was jailed for driving with a suspended license, numerous parking tickets, and showing up late for appointments with his probation office. After released from jail, Flav broke up with Johnson and moved in with his mother on Long Island.