Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

Real Name:
Joseph Saddler
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Born: January 1, 1958, Barbados, West Indies

DJ / Producer of Barbadian origin, he moved with his family to New York City in the early 1960s. Flash was influenced by the block parties and their DJs in his Bronx neighborhood. He took DJ Kool Herc's "merry go round" technique (which consisted of taking the break off of a record and looping it) and then added Grand Wizard Theodore's scratch technique and merged both styles into each other. This was later referred to as 'cutting the break'. Flash took his new style to the block parties in the mid 70s and after early failures he added several MCs to hype the crowd. These early rappers included Melle Mel, Cowboy, Scorpio (Mr. Ness), Rahiem and Melle Mel's brother Kid Creole - eventually settling on the name Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Acknowledged as a defining moment in hip hop history this combination has paved the way for whole generations of hip hop heads, MCs, rappers and DJs worldwide ever since.

After the breakup of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Flash recorded a trio of albums for the Elektra label before reuniting with The Furious Five for the 1988 album 'On The Strength'.

After struggling with and overcoming drug addiction, Flash returned to the music scene with three DJ Mix albums, a weekly radio show and TV spots. An album for the Malboro label in Germany was released in 1998 ('Flash Is Back') and in 2009, a new studio album entitled 'The Bridge. Concept Of A Culture' was released worldwide. According to Flash, "The album title represents all the bridges I've crossed worldwide. The bridges of time, cultures and color, the bridges of hip hop, funk, pop, rock, jazz, punk, disco and R&B."

In 2007 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five became the first hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
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Grandmaster Flash Discography

Albums

96 0389-1 Grandmaster Flash They Said It Couldn't Be Done (Album) Elektra 96 0389-1 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
60476-1 Grandmaster Flash The Source (Album) Elektra 60476-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
9 60723-4 Grandmaster Flash Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang (Album) Elektra 9 60723-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
P 910163 Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash - The Message Live In N.Y.C.(CD, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash) P 910163 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
74321 621432 Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (Album) Marlboro Music 74321 621432 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
STRUT039LP Grandmaster Flash The Bridge. Concept Of A Culture (Album) Strut STRUT039LP Europe 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SH 557 Grandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five* Grandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five* - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel / The Party Mix (Maxi, Single) Sugar Hill Records SH 557 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
none Grandmaster Flash White Lines (D&S Remix) A Porky Prime Cut none UK 1983 Sell This Version
7-69617 Grandmaster Flash Alternate Groove (Single) Elektra 7-69617 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-69643 Grandmaster Flash Girls Love The Way He Spins Elektra 7-69643 US 1985 Sell This Version
969 677-7 Grandmaster Flash Sign Of The Times (Maxi, Single) Elektra 969 677-7 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
0-66842 Grandmaster Flash Behind Closed Doors Elektra 0-66842 US 1986 Sell This Version
969 552-7 Grandmaster Flash Style (Peter Gunn Theme) (Single) Elektra 969 552-7 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
ED 5205 Grandmaster Flash U Know What Time It Is (Single) Elektra ED 5205 US 1987 Sell This Version
7-69459 Grandmaster Flash All Wrapped Up Elektra 7-69459 US 1987 Sell This Version
ED 5218 Grandmaster Flash Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang Instrumentals(12", Promo) Elektra ED 5218 US 1987 Sell This Version
246 799-2 Grandmaster Flash The Message(CD, Mini) Sugar Hill Records 246 799-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
A-1 535 Malcolm X Featuring Grandmaster Flash Malcolm X Featuring Grandmaster Flash - The Real Message (Maxi) A-1 Records (2) A-1 535 US 1992 Sell This Version
2102025 Grandmaster Flash Featuring Carl Murray Grandmaster Flash Featuring Carl Murray - If U Wanna Party (Single, Maxi) Nite + Blue Records 2102025 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
SAL-0026 Dr. Yann & Grandmaster Flash Dr. Yann & Grandmaster Flash - Vinyl Beat Of Two Turntables With Cybernetics And Bio-Feedback For Life Records SAL-0026 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
74321 58333 1 Grandmaster Flash vs. Stretch & Vern / Grandmaster Flash vs. Mateo & Matos Grandmaster Flash vs. Stretch & Vern / Grandmaster Flash vs. Mateo & Matos - Dance To The Beat / Little Bit Of Flash(12", Promo) Marlboro Music 74321 58333 1 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
NEET 1003 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Grandmaster Flash - The Message / Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel Sequel Records NEET 1003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
NEET 1009 Junior Cartier / West Street Mob / Roots Manuva / Grandmaster Flash Junior Cartier / West Street Mob / Roots Manuva / Grandmaster Flash - Sugarhill Gang Remixes(12", Comp) Sequel Records, Castle Music NEET 1009 UK 1999 Sell This Version
74321 71341 1 DJ Tomekk vs Grandmaster Flash DJ Tomekk vs Grandmaster Flash - 1, 2, 3,... Rhymes Galore (Maxi, Single) BMG 74321 71341 1 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CMWX 089 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Grandmaster Flash - The Message / Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel(CD, Single, RE) Sanctuary Records, Castle Music CMWX 089 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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jaxxalude

jaxxalude

November 26, 2003
He is, indeed, the Grandmaster! He is also, indeed, the father of what you and me call hip hop! And he is, definitely, one of the people whose the expression "DJ" serves as a glove! "The Innovator", says the title of his compilation. And this is one person whose tag serves right and proudly! Respect where respect is due!

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