Funkmaster Flex

Real Name:
Aston George Taylor, Jr.
Profile:
Not since the early '80s when DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa were acknowledged as two of rap's most popular figures had a hip-hop DJ attained such prominent status among the masses as New York's Funkmaster Flex. Throughout the 1990s he reigned over New York's mammoth rap scene, capable of making or breaking artists with his high-profile position at the top-rated radio station in America's top radio market, Hot 97. By the mid-'90s, he was also the weekly DJ at one of New York's top clubs, the Tunnel, and also had his radio show broadcasting on Los Angeles' Power 106, America's second largest radio market. Furthermore, Flex began releasing commercially successful mix albums in the mid-'90s, beginning with the first volume of the long-running 60 Minutes of Funk series. At the end of the decade, his popularity only continued to rise, landing him a coveted position on MTV with his own daily show, Direct Effect. Though hip-hop DJs such as Eric B and Terminator X had been recognizable names in the '80s and '90s, Funkmaster Flex was the first pure DJ without any affiliated MCs to match the popular success that early-'80s artists such as Grandmaster Flash had attained, harking back to the early days of hip-hop when the DJ overshadowed the MC.

The son of a Jamaican DJ, Flex was born in Brooklyn as Aston Taylor and bought his first set of turntables at age 16, influenced by early New York hip-hop DJs such as DJ Red Alert. His radio career began at KISS-FM as an assistant to Chuck Chillout in the late '80s. When Chillout transferred to WBLS, Flex accompanied him and soon began spinning at clubs and parties, where people began to take note of his skills. Among those fascinated with his talents were the programming chiefs at Hot 97, who offered him a prominent role as one of the city's top hip-hop DJs. In 1995, he released his first major-label mix album, The Mix Tape, Vol. 1: 60 Minutes of Funk, and followed this album with two more volumes on Loud Records by the end of the '90s, along with an album on Def Jam, The Tunnel. In 2000, he mixed a collection of that year's biggest rap anthems for Arista, Vibe Hits, Vol. 1, and continued the 60 Minutes of Funk series. In addition to his duties as a radio DJ and as a successful album artist, Funkmaster Flex has also served as a remixer and host of the Spike TV series Ride with Funkmaster Flex. The 2005 album Funkmaster Flex Car Show Tour featured music from the successful series.

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Albums

none Funkmaster Flex PMD Party(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex - Big Dawg Volume Two album art Funkmaster Flex, DJ Ev & Def Squad Funkmaster Flex, DJ Ev & Def Squad - Big Dawg Volume Two(CDr, Ltd, Mixtape) Tape Kingz none US 1998 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue & Jazzy Joyce Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue & Jazzy Joyce - #7(Cass, Mixed) Hot 97FM none US 1998 Sell This Version
RPROLP 4469 Funkmaster Flex - 60 Minutes Of Funk, Volume IV: The Mixtape album art Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk, Volume IV: The Mixtape Loud Records RPROLP 4469 US 2000 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex - Fast Lane Part 2 album art Funkmaster Flex Fast Lane Part 2(Cass, Mixtape) MasterTapes none Germany 2002 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex - Purp & Patron album art DJ Skee (2) / Funkmaster Flex Present Game* DJ Skee (2) / Funkmaster Flex Present Game* - Purp & Patron Be Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex - Live At The Tunnel Pt. 1 album art The Dream Team (6) & Funkmaster Flex The Dream Team (6) & Funkmaster Flex - Live At The Tunnel Pt. 1(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WAR-093 Funkmaster Flex - F.A.L.L.I.N. (And You Can't Get Up) album art Funkmaster Flex & Nine Double M* Funkmaster Flex & Nine Double M* - F.A.L.L.I.N. (And You Can't Get Up)(12") Warlock Records, City Beats Entertainment WAR-093 US 1991 Sell This Version
NER-20058 Funkmaster Flex - Six Million Ways To Die album art Funkmaster Flex Six Million Ways To Die (Single) Nervous Records NER-20058 US 1993 Sell This Version
NER 20047 Funkmaster Flex - Sad And Blue album art Funkmaster Flex Sad And Blue Wreck Records NER 20047 US 1993 Sell This Version
MB 014 Funkmaster Flex - Dope On Plastic album art Funkmaster Flex Dope On Plastic Massive B MB 014 US 1993 Sell This Version
NER 20065 Funkmaster Flex - C'mon Baby / Butterfly Style album art Funkmaster Flex presents The Flip Squad Funkmaster Flex presents The Flip Squad - C'mon Baby / Butterfly Style (Maxi) Wreck Records NER 20065 US 1993 Sell This Version
FF02 112001 Funkmaster Flex - The Medley album art Funkmaster Flex The Medley(12") RCA Records FF02 112001 US 1996 Sell This Version
FBD-013 Funkmaster Flex - 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. 3 Sampler album art Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. 3 Sampler Franchise Records FBD-013 US 1998 Sell This Version
RDAB-65543-1 Funkmaster Flex - Wu-Tang Cream Team Line-Up album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring Raekwon, The Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin Funkmaster Flex Featuring Raekwon, The Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin - Wu-Tang Cream Team Line-Up (Maxi) Loud Records, Franchise Records, RCA Records Label, BMG RDAB-65543-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
74321 62009-2 Funkmaster Flex - Here We Go album art Funkmaster Flex Here We Go (Single) Loud Records, RCA 74321 62009-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
74321604812 Funkmaster Flex - Wu-Tang Cream Team Line Up / Here We Go album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring Raekwon, The Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin / Khadejia Bass Funkmaster Flex Featuring Raekwon, The Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin / Khadejia Bass - Wu-Tang Cream Team Line Up / Here We Go(CD, Maxi, Car) RCA, BMG, Loud Records 74321604812 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
DEF 402-2 Funkmaster Flex - We In Here / Real G's album art Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - We In Here / Real G's (Single) Def Jam Recordings DEF 402-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
AV93 Funkmaster Flex - Holla album art Funkmaster Flex Holla AV8 Records AV93 US 1999 Sell This Version
RPROCD4451 Funkmaster Flex - Do You album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX - Do You(CDr, Single, Promo) Loud Records, Def Jam Recordings, Ruff Ryders RPROCD4451 US 2000 Sell This Version
DEFR 15016-2 Funkmaster Flex - Ill Bomb / Confrontation album art Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - Ill Bomb / Confrontation Def Jam Recordings DEFR 15016-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
XPR 3457 Funkmaster Flex - Good Life album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring Faith Evans Funkmaster Flex Featuring Faith Evans - Good Life (Single) Epic XPR 3457 UK 2000 Sell This Version
RPROLP 4467 Funkmaster Flex - I Don't Care / Did She Say (So So Def Remix) album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring Jada-kiss*, Jagged Edge (2), Jermaine Dupri, Lil Bow Wow* & Da Brat Funkmaster Flex Featuring Jada-kiss*, Jagged Edge (2), Jermaine Dupri, Lil Bow Wow* & Da Brat - I Don't Care / Did She Say (So So Def Remix)(12", Promo) Loud Records RPROLP 4467 US 2000 Sell This Version
1967-1 Funkmaster Flex - Do You album art Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX - Do You(12", Maxi) Loud Records, Def Jam Recordings, Ruff Ryders 1967-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
RPROLP4466 Funkmaster Flex - Come Over album art Funkmaster Flex Come Over(12", Promo, Smplr) Loud Records RPROLP4466 US 2000 Sell This Version