Hip-hop icon (Public Enemy), reality TV star (Flavor of Love), and guy who wears a humongous clock around his neck, Flavor Flav is ready to drop his next hit. He’ll be starring in the new MyNetwork TV sitcom Under One Roof, which debuts April 16 at 8 p.m. We asked the hype man a bunch of stupid questions, and, boy, did he bring the noise.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Don’t look down. Quick — what time is it?
FLAVOR FLAV: Time to get busy!
Is daylight saving time your busiest day of the year?
That’s the only time I start trying to save daylight. I take all the daylight and put it in my clock so when nighttime comes, I just touch this certain button on my clock, and daytime comes out.
Huh? What just happened? Anyway, you have a new sitcom in which you play an ex-con who shacks up with his corporate-suited brother. Why should we believe the hype?
Yo, yo — believing the hype is better than smoking the pipe!
You helped define the role of the hype man. Would you mind hyping me up right now?
You’re kind of hype already, you know what I’m sayin’? You’re kind of hype/you’re kind of ripe/And if anybody tried to crush you/Y’aight!
That was the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me. Technical question: How do you know when to shout ”YEEEAAAHHH BOYEEE!” and when to just restate your name at a very loud decibel level?
Honestly, it depends on the situation. If it’s a situation where I’m arguing with somebody and I prove myself right, I holler, ”FLAVOR FLAV!” And when the party is jumpin’ and we are thumpin’ and bumpin’ , ”YEEEAAAHHH BOYEEE!” comes into play.
Ever gotten seriously hurt and called 911, only to have them say, ”Oh, now you need us? What — we’re not a joke anymore?”
To tell you the truth, every time that they came around, they forgot about themselves being a joke. They just started asking for autographs. Even when both of my arms were broken, they still wanted an autograph, so I signed with my shoulder. F— it.
On The Surreal Life and Strange Love, you were often seen nestling in Brigitte Nielsen’s bosom. Was that as comfortable and peaceful as it looked?
It’s like a bird being in his nest, baby. Hell, yeah! And guess what? You just want to stay there till momma bird comes around with the worms and feeds you.
The Viking helmet. Discuss.
Whatchu wanna know about it?
Ummm…what’s up with it?
I wear my Viking helmet because the horns define how sharp my brains are. If you try to rub me the wrong way, I will stick you with both of my horns.
How does it feel to control 80 percent of the world’s gold supply in your mouth?
I wish I owned it. I’m dead serious, G. I wish I had Fort Knox in my jewelry box.
It’s been a few minutes. Do you need to shout your name again?
FLAVOR FLAV! Because he’s the man with the master plan!
You have seven kids, and are going for 10. Why such a modest goal?
God gave me the power to make seven, so why not 10? Eight is not enough for Flav.
You made a solo album in 1999 called It’s About Time that was never released. If an album is recorded but never officially dropped, does it make a sound?
Yeah, it still makes a sound — in my own car.