On October 29th, hip-hop legend Flavor Flav performed the national anthem at a Milwaukee Bucks game. The clip instantly went viral as it was one of the more, uh, interesting anthem performances ever recorded.
Flav’s national anthem lasted about 3 minutes. That’s a good bit longer than the average National Anthem run time of 1 minute and 55 seconds. He rocked the house while sporting a green Bucks jersey with the number 59 on the back, representing the year he was born.
And of course, he had on his trademark gold chain and clock pendant.
Flavor Flav sings the National Anthem at the Milwaukee Bucks game: pic.twitter.com/zsiE4LszFU— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 30, 2023
Despite receiving some criticism online, Flav was happy with his performance.
“The anthem was a long time bucket list item … that was fun! I can’t live my life worried about what people might say about me,” Flav wrote on the social media website X (formerly Twitter). “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.”
The anthem was a long time bucket list item,,, that was fun!— FLAVOR FLAV 6/9 + 8/7 (@FlavorFlav) October 30, 2023
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.
Flavor Flav Had a Good Reason for Wanting to Perform the National Anthem
Flavor Flav also stated in an interview with Just Jared that the performance was a tribute to family members who served in the United States military. “My dad was in the army. They fought for the land that we live on, and some of them didn’t make it back,” Flav stated.
“So when I was singing it, I was thinking about them and the advancements we have made in our community that I can perform the national anthem. I was happy I did it,” he continued.
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