Music’s 10 Greatest Hype Men

Flavor Flav, Public Enemy

Before Flav launched his ongoing career as VH1 talking head/in-demand bachelor, he single-handedly popularized the role of hype man in rap groups through his work with Public Enemy. Every song has a healthy number of “Yeah, boy!” and “Flavor Flav!” interjections, and Flav’s trademark clock-swinging jumping around added a touch of party-down levity to the political anthems of the group.