Long Island-native rapper Flavor Flav did what he does best when he appeared Tuesday at Nassau County court to face charges of allegedly speeding to his mother’s funeral in January: he rapped.
A judge had adjourned the case against Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, until May following his first court appearance since the 54-year-old pleaded not guilty to driving without a license, speeding and marijuana possession.
After greeting fans and taking off his signature clock necklace to get through security, the rapper of Public Enemy fame started freestyling in the hallway about various news outlets covering the proceedings.
“It’s the Long Island Press, you don’t like it, I’ll punch you in the chest,” Flav rapped to reporters outside the Mineola courtroom. A Newsday reporter tweeted that she got the same treatment with: “Newsday got the best cruise day, you can’t run without your shoes day.”
The spectacle spiced up an otherwise uneventful postponement of a relatively minor traffic and drug case starring a rapper who later became a reality TV show personality.
The lyric-laden court day proved far more exciting than reports of Lindsay Lohan’s mom, Dina, leaving her alleged LI drunken driving appearances while declining to comment and getting whisked away in a Rolls Royce.
Flav, who is also facing a felony charges in Las Vegas, where he now lives, told reporters that it’s getting expensive to keep flying back and forth between New York and Nevada.
New York State police said Flav had 16 suspensions on his license when he was stopped on the Meadowbrook State Parkway, but they released him on an appearance ticket so that he could attend his mother’s funeral.