Funkmaster Flex

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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Funkmaster Flex Discography

Albums

none Wop* / Flex* Wop* / Flex* - Face / Off(Cass, Mixed) Tape Kingz, Bounce Squad Records, Big Dawg, Flip Squad Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - The Tunnel(CDr, Album, Promo) Def Jam 2000 none UK 1999 Sell This Version
DJ Skee (2) / Funkmaster Flex Present Game* DJ Skee (2) / Funkmaster Flex Present Game* - Purp & Patron Be Music US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WAR-093 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
Funkmaster Flex presents The Flip Squad Funkmaster Flex presents The Flip Squad - C'mon Baby / Butterfly Style (Maxi) Wreck Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex Six Million Ways To Die (Single) Nervous Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex Sad And Blue / Six Million Ways To Die Wreck Records US 1993 Sell This Version
MB-14 Funkmaster Flex Dope On Plastic(12") Massive B MB-14 US 1993 Sell This Version
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 US 1998 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex Here We Go (Single) Loud Records, RCA Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. 3 Sampler Franchise Records US 1998 Sell This Version
FBD-013 Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. 3 Sampler(12", Smplr) Franchise Records FBD-013 US 1998 Sell This Version
LOUD 014 Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. III - The Final Chapter(12", Promo, Smplr) Loud Records LOUD 014 UK 1998 Sell This Version
FBD-009 Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. 3 Sampler(12", Smplr) Franchise Records FBD-009 US 1998 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - We In Here / Real G's (Single) Def Jam Recordings US 1999 Sell This Version
AV93 Funkmaster Flex Holla(12") AV8 AV93 US 1999 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex Featuring Faith Evans Funkmaster Flex Featuring Faith Evans - Good Life (Single) Epic UK 2000 Sell This Version
RPROCD4451 Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX Funkmaster Flex Featuring DMX - Do You(CD, Single, Promo) Island Def Jam Music Group, Loud Records RPROCD4451 US 2000 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - Ill Bomb / Confrontation Def Jam Recordings US 2000 Sell This Version
RPROLP 4467 Funkmaster Flex Featuring Jada-kiss of The Lox*, Jagged Edge (2), Jermaine Dupri, Lil Bow Wow* & Da Brat Funkmaster Flex Featuring Jada-kiss of The Lox*, Jagged Edge (2), Jermaine Dupri, Lil Bow Wow* & Da Brat - I Don't Care / Did She Say (So So Def Remix)(12") Loud Records RPROLP 4467 US 2000 Sell This Version
1967-1 Funkmaster Flex Do You / Rush(12", Maxi) Loud Records 1967-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
RPROLP4466 Funkmaster Flex Come Over(12", Promo, Smplr) Loud Records RPROLP4466 US 2000 Sell This Version
Funkmaster Flex My Lifestyle (Remix) (Single, Maxi) Loud Records, Loud Records US 2001 Sell This Version
TRUCK1 Funkmaster Flex Big Truck Series - Volume 1(12") Fat Beats, Franchise Records TRUCK1 US 2001 Sell This Version
FLEX002 Funkmaster Flex Special Delivery - Freestyle EP (Part 2)(12") Fat Beats FLEX002 US 2001 Sell This Version