Flavor Flav’s Anthem Dream Comes True, Dame Lillard’s Living Nightmare
On Sunday, October 29, the NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks featured an unexpected performer for the national anthem: Flavor Flav. The Public Enemy rapper took to social media to express his joy, stating that singing the Star-Spangled Banner had been a “long-time bucket list item.” Meanwhile, Damian Lillard, a former Weber State player, had arguably the worst night of his career.
Watch the “performances” below:
Public Enemy’s Hypeman Takes on the Star-Spangled Banner
Flavor Flav, born William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is a prominent figure in the world of hip-hop. As a member of Public Enemy, he helped shape the genre with albums like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. These albums, filled with politically charged lyrics and innovative production, solidified Public Enemy’s place in music history.
Flav Addresses the Haters
After his performance, Flav took to social media to address any critics. “I can’t live my life worried about what people might say about me. I won’t let that stop me from trying new things and doing things I wanna do. Some people might not like that. But a sure failure is if you stop trying,” he wrote.
Flavor Flav’s decision to sing the national anthem at an NBA game may have surprised some, given his background in hip-hop and his association with Public Enemy, a group known for its politically charged lyrics and criticism of the government. However, Flav’s performance shows that he is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and try new things, even if it might not be what people expect from him.