News: Flavor Flav's Tax Problems Revealed, Rapper Owes $183K To Government

Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rapper-turned-reality star Flavor Flav has had his tax records land online showing him owing over $183,000 to the state of California.

According to reports, Flav's tax lien was filed against him in September.

Flav, 50, real name William Drayton, is a member of legendary rap group Public Enemy, and lately has starred in several seasons of VH1's reality show "Flavor of Love." The state of California filed an $183,810 lien against Drayton on Sept. 17 in Sacramento County Court. Flavor Flav could not be reached for comment. His manager said he forwarded an e-mail message to the rapper. (Detroit News)

Fellow New York rapper Nas recently had his tax conflicts exposed online.

Kelis isn't the only person trying to get money from Nas -- turns out Uncle Sam is too! TMZ has obtained a federal tax lien filed last month against Nas for a whopping $2,584,206.31. Looks like Nas didn't pay his taxes in 2006 and 2007. Nas is currently involved in a bitter divorce battle with Kelis. Looks like she'll have to wait in line. (TMZ)

Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man, who Flav has collaborated with in the past, was arrested last month on a tax evasion charge.

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Method Man turned himself in to authorities this morning after failing to pay nearly $33,000 in back personal taxes, officials said. The Wu Tang member -- whose real name is Clifford Smith -- walked into the Staten Island DA's office at about 8 a.m. to face felony charges in connection with neglecting to pay $32,799 dating back to 2004. (New York Post)

Aside from his time on Public Enemy, Flav has made a name for himself on the small screen.

Now back on top, the rapper released his debut solo album, Flavor Flav, in 2006 and suffered the jabs of Katt Williams, Patton Oswalt, Lisa Lampanelli and others when "The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" aired in 2007. A year later he became a featured actor on the myNetworkTV sitcom "Under One Roof." (All Music)

No further details have been released as of now.

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