Flavor Flav Cited for Illegal Fireworks

By: Mike Fossum - July 7, 2014

Rapper and reality star Flavor Flav was cited by police Friday at his Las Vegas home, just as he began his annual fireworks show. Flav had been launching thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks for his fourth of July event since 2009, though this year his neighbors’ complaints were heard, and authorities confiscated over 100 pounds of illegal fireworks.

Las Vegas Police Lt. Ken Romaine said that Flavor, born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., was issued two fireworks-related citations. Flavor commented that his neighbors won’t have to worry about the fireworks event next year, as he’s moving it away from the neighborhood. He added that he doesn’t want to go to jail over fireworks, and that his roughly 110 guests were “having a ball” before police shut the party down.

Here is a clip from Flav’s 2013 fireworks show:

Flavor rose to fame as a member of the mainstream hip-hop group Public Enemy. He is also known for making the role of the “hype man” popular, by yelling “Yeah boy!” and “Flavor Flav!” during performances. When Rick Rubin initially signed Public Enemy in 1984, he didn’t fully understand Flavor Flav’s role in the group, and wanted to sign Chuck D as a solo act. Chuck D wasn’t having this, and Flav remained on as his comic foil, offsetting Chuck D’s more serious and political charged themes with relative silliness.

Flavor Flav displays his skills as a hype man in Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It” from 1991:

Flavor Flav picked up a misdemeanor charge in April over a domestic violence incident involving his stepson in 2012. He was originally looking at a felony, but struck a deal to complete counseling by August. The fireworks citations should not affect his ongoing legal issues, according to his attorney Kristina Wildeveld. “The rapper wasn’t ordered to stay out of trouble, he only has to complete the classes, which he is doing,” she said, adding, “Flav really loves America. There was no intention ever to hurt anyone.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Traci

    As long as he didn’t start any brush fires, I’m not sure why this is news worthy.

  • Lucy20123

    So Flavor Flav decided to have fireworks …

    My questions…Who else was cited in the neighbor hood?

    Where I live there is an ordinance for “No Fireworks”. The residents keep doing the fire works from July 1st until the end of July. So how I see it if your community does not have fire works like my community who fault. Then you can not tell people not to shoot off fireworks when your community is to cheap do a firework display.

  • https://www.kmanthie.wordpress.com kmanthie

    The neighbors who called to complain about these fireworks, which Flava Flav had been doing every year it seems, since 2009, must have been really rich pigs w/lots of “influence” w/city hall or someone high up in the cop shop…

  • HRob1

    The entire valley was lit up with Illegal fire works. Not saying he was in the right, but he wasnt doing anything different than most of the valley . I dont see how this is news worthy or why they need to keep dragging his name thru the mud.

  • babynose

    First, he was cited because he is a Nucca…second…he is an ignorant ugly one!!!

  • dickgosinya48

    More idiocy from law enforcement. Selective enforcement of laws is a good measure of tyranny.

  • the BIG picture

    oh no??? lol who cares,
    who doesn’t like fireworks?