Grandmaster Flash

Real Name:
Joseph Saddler
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DJ / producer of Barbadian origin most famous for his role in DJ & hiphop history, and for fronting Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five who became the first hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in 2007. Born on January 1, 1958, in Barbados, West Indies, 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 Marlboro 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."
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Albums

96 0389-1 They Said It Couldn't Be Done — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash They Said It Couldn't Be Done (Album) Elektra 96 0389-1 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
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E4-60476 The Source — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash The Source (Album) Elektra E4-60476 US 1986 Sell This Version
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9 60723-4, 60723-4 Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang (Album) Elektra 9 60723-4, 60723-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
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74321 621432 Flash Is Back — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (Album) Marlboro Music 74321 621432 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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STRUT039LP The Bridge. Concept Of A Culture — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash The Bridge. Concept Of A Culture (Album) Strut STRUT039LP Europe 2009 Sell This Version
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ROBINBX50 Sugar Hill Adventures: The Collection — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Sugar Hill Adventures: The Collection (Comp, Album) Robinsongs ROBINBX50 UK 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SH-549 Freedom — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Freedom(12", W/Lbl) Sugar Hill Records SH-549 US 1980 Sell This Version
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310917 The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel / The Party Mix — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel / The Party Mix (Single, Maxi) Sugar Hill Records 310917 France 1981 Sell This Version
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SH-574 Flash To The Beat — Grandmaster Flash Grand Master Flash* Flash To The Beat (Single) Sugar Hill Records SH-574 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none White Lines (D&S Remix) — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash White Lines (D&S Remix) Not On Label none UK 1983 Sell This Version
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ED5079 Alternate Groove — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Alternate Groove (Single) Elektra ED5079 US 1984 Sell This Version
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066922 Sign Of The Times — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Sign Of The Times (Maxi, Single) Elektra 066922 US 1984 Sell This Version
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7-69643 Girls Love The Way He Spins — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Girls Love The Way He Spins Elektra 7-69643 US 1985 Sell This Version
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969 552-7 Style (Peter Gunn Theme) — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Style (Peter Gunn Theme) (Maxi, Single) Elektra 969 552-7 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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ED 5154 Behind Closed Doors — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Behind Closed Doors Elektra ED 5154 US 1986 Sell This Version
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none Fastest Man Alive (Performance Track) — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Fastest Man Alive (Performance Track)(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Trutone Records none US 1986 Sell This Version
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7-69459 All Wrapped Up — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash All Wrapped Up Elektra 7-69459 US 1987 Sell This Version
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ED 5205 U Know What Time It Is — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash U Know What Time It Is (Single) Elektra ED 5205 US 1987 Sell This Version
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ED 5218 Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang Instrumentals — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang Instrumentals(12", Promo) Elektra ED 5218 US 1987 Sell This Version
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246 799-2 XS, 246 799-2 The Message — Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash The Message(CD, Mini, Maxi) Sugar Hill Records, Sugar Hill Records 246 799-2 XS, 246 799-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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A-1 535 The Real Message — Grandmaster Flash 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
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2102025 If U Wanna Party — Grandmaster Flash 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
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SAL-0026 Vinyl Beat Of Two Turntables With Cybernetics And Bio-Feedback — Grandmaster Flash 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
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74321 58333 1 Dance To The Beat / Little Bit Of Flash — Grandmaster Flash 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
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NEET 1009 Sugarhill Gang Remixes — Grandmaster Flash 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