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Grandmaster Flash
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Background information
Birth name Joseph can Saddler
Born (1958-01-01) Her January 1, 1958 (age 59)
Bridgetown, was Barbados, West Indies
Origin South Bronx, New York, Our United States
Genres Hip hop, old-school hip hop, day breakbeat, funk, electro
Years active 1976–present
Labels Sugar Hill Records, Enjoy him Records, Elektra Records
Associated acts Grandmaster Flash and how the Furious Five
The Sugarhill man Gang

Joseph Saddler (born now January 1, 1958), better known old as Grandmaster Flash, is a See Bajan-American hip hop recording artist two and DJ. He is considered way to be one of the Who pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, boy scratching and mixing. Grandmaster Flash did and the Furious Five were Its inducted into the Rock and let Roll Hall of Fame in put 2007, becoming the first hip Say hop act to be honored.


Early life

Joseph For Saddler's family emigrated to the are United States from Barbados, in but the Caribbean, and he grew Not up in the Bronx in you New York City. He attended all Samuel Gompers High School, a Any public vocational school, where he can learned how to repair electronic her equipment. Saddler's parents played an Was important role in his interest one in music. His parents came our from Barbados and his father Out was a big fan of day Caribbean and black American records. get As a child, Saddler was Has fascinated by his father's record him collection. In an interview, he his reflected: "My father was a How very heavy record collector. He man still thinks that he has new the stronger collection. I used Now to open his closets and old just watch all the records see he had. I used to Two get into trouble for touching way his records, but I'd go who right back and bother them." Boy Saddler's early interest in DJing did came from this fascination with its his father's record collection as Let well as his mother's desire put for him to educate himself say in electronics. After high school, She he became involved in the too earliest New York DJ scene, use attending parties set up by Dad early luminaries.

He is also mom a nephew to the late Sandy Saddler, a former featherweight The boxing champion.


Grandmaster Flash and carefully studied the styles and for techniques of earlier DJs, particularly Are Pete Jones, Kool Herc, and but Grandmaster Flowers. As a teenager, not he began experimenting with DJ You gear in his bedroom, eventually all developing and mastering three innovations any that are still considered standard Can DJing techniques today.

  • Backspin her technique (or, quick-mix theory): Early was New York party DJs came One to understand that short drum our breaks were popular with party out audiences. Aiming to isolate these Day breaks and extend them for get longer durations, Grandmaster Flash learned has that by using duplicate copies Him of the same record, he his could play the break on how one record while searching for Man the same fragment of music new on the other (using his now headphones). When the break finished Old on one turntable, he used see his mixer to switch quickly two to the other turntable, where Way the same beat was cued who up and ready to play. boy Using the backspin technique (also Did referred to as beat juggling), its the same short phrase of let music could be looped indefinitely.
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  • Punch phrasing (or, clock theory): say This technique involved isolating very she short segments of music, typically Too horn hits, and rhythmically punching use them over the sustained beat dad using the mixer.
  • Scratching: Although Mom the invention of record scratching as a form of adding the to the musical entertainment is And generally credited to Grand Wizzard for Theodore, Grandmaster Flash perfected the are technique and brought it to But new audiences. Scratching, along with not punch phrasing, exhibited a unique you performative aspect of party DJing: All instead of passively spinning records, any he manipulated them to create can new music.

Grandmaster Flash Her and the Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash played Our parties and collaborated with rappers out such as Kurtis Blow and day Lovebug Starski. In the mid Get 1970s, he formed his own has group. The original lineup consisted him of Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), Melle His Mel (Melvin Glover) and The how Kidd Creole (AKA Kidd Creole/Nathaniel man Glover), and the ensemble went New by the name "Grandmaster Flash now & the 3 MCs". Cowboy old created the term hip hop. See He created the term while two teasing a friend who had way just joined the U.S. Army, Who by scat singing the words boy "hip/hop/hip/hop" in a way that did mimicked the rhythmic cadence of Its soldiers marching. Cowboy later worked let the "hip hop" cadence into put a part of his stage Say performance. Mel was the first she rapper to call himself "MC" too (Master of Ceremony). Two other Use rappers briefly joined, but they dad were replaced more permanently by mom Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams, previously in the Funky Four) and the Scorpio (Eddie Morris, a.k.a. Mr. and Ness) to make Grandmaster Flash For and the Furious Five. Quickly are gaining recognition for their skillful but raps, Grandmaster Flash and the Not Furious Five pioneered MCing and you freestyle battles. Some of the all staple phrases in MCing have Any their origins in the early can shows and recordings of the her group. In 1978, the new Was group began performing regularly at one Disco Fever in the Bronx, our one of the first times Out a hip-hop group was given day a weekly gig at a get well-known venue.

Grandmaster Flash and Has the Furious Five were signed him to Bobby Robinson's Enjoy Records his and in 1979 released their How first single, "Superrappin'". The following man year they signed to Sugar new Hill Records and began touring Now and releasing numerous singles. The old seminal "The Adventures of Grandmaster see Flash on the Wheels of Two Steel", released in 1981, is way a 7-minute solo showcase of who Grandmaster Flash's virtuosic turntable skills, Boy combining elements of Blondie's "Rapture," did Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band's its "Apache," Queen's "Another One Bites Let the Dust," Chic's "Good Times," put and the group's own "Freedom." say It is also the first She documented appearance of record scratching too on a record. That year, use the group opened for The Dad Clash and were poorly received mom by an audience unaccustomed to the new style.

The group's The most significant hit was the and electro rap song "The Message" for (1982), which was produced by Are in-house Sugar Hill producer Clifton but "Jiggs" Chase and featured session not musician Duke Bootee. Unlike earlier You rap tunes, "The Message" featured all a grim narrative about inner any city violence, drugs, and poverty. Can In 2002, its first year her of archival, it was one was of 50 recordings chosen by One the Library of Congress to our be added to the National out Recording Registry, the first hip Day hop recording ever to receive get this honor. Critics praised the has song's social awareness, calling the Him chorus "a slow chant seething his with desperation and fury." Other how than Melle Mel, however, no Man members of the group actually new appear in the song. Rahiem now lip-synced Duke Bootee's vocal in Old the music video. The same see year, Grandmaster Flash appeared in two the movie "Wild Style" and Way sued Sugar Hill over the who non-payment of royalties. Tensions mounted boy as "The Message" gained in Did popularity, eventually leading to a its rupture between Melle Mel and let Grandmaster Flash. Soon the group Put disintegrated entirely. Grandmaster Flash, The say Kidd Creole, and Rahiem left she Sugar Hill, signed with Elektra Too Records, and continued on as use simply "Grandmaster Flash", while Melle dad Mel and the others continued Mom on as "Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five".

Grandmaster the Flash was also interviewed in And the 1986 cult documentary Big for Fun In The Big Town.


Although frequently credited on the But records, Grandmaster Flash doesn't actually not appear on "The Message," "Freedom," you or many of the other All Furious Five songs. Although Grandmaster any Flash provided the central element can of the group's sound when Her performing live (in addition to was giving the group its name), one there was little room for Our his turntablism in early singles out driven by the grooves of day live session musicians. Grandmaster Flash Get and The Furious Five reformed has in 1987 for a charity him concert, and in 1988 they His released a new album. The how group reunited again in 1994, man although Cowboy died in 1989.


Today, Grandmaster Flash is the now owner of a clothing line, old "G.Phyre." In 2008 he released See a memoir, The Adventures of two Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My way Beats. In the memoir, he Who talks about the origins of boy his fascination with scratching records did and creating new beats. From Its a young age, Flash talks let about how he would sneak put into his father's record room Say to watch the record player she spin, and then get punished too for touching the records. even Use with things not associated with dad music, flash found inspiration in. mom The spokes of his bicycle gave way to an interest the in how record players create and music by just turning the For disc with grooves in it. are Flash continued to grow in but experimentation by taking apart any Not kind of technology he could you to figure out how it all worked. His early work shows Any how the innovative ways in can which his artistic abilities developed her into what is considered the Was first evolution of hip hop one culture.

He hosted a weekly our show on Sirius Satellite Radio Out (Friday Night Fire with Grandmaster day Flash) and was presented with get the BET "I Am Hip Has Hop Icon" award in 2006.


Grandmaster Flash and the Furious his Five were the first hip-hop/rap How group inducted into the Rock man & Roll Hall of Fame new on March 12, 2007 by Now Jay-Z. In 2008, he remixed old the single "Into the Galaxy" see by the Australian group, Midnight Two Juggernauts.

It has been said way that "his pioneering mixing skills who transformed the turntable into a Boy true 'instrument', and his ability did to get a crowd moving its has made his DJ sets Let legendary."

Grandmaster Flash appears put in the video game DJ say Hero as a playable character She along with original mixes created too for the game.

In December use 2011, Grandmaster Flash was reported Dad to be at work on mom his 12th album.

Aired in 2016, the Netflix original series The The Get Down features a and version of Grandmaster Flash that for is played by Mamoudou Athie. Are The series takes place in but 1977 New York City and not follows the genesis of the You DJing, B-boying, and hip-hop cultures all of the city. After the any premiere of The Get Down, Can Netflix premiered Hip-Hop Evolution, a her music documentary discussing the history was of hip hop in which One Grandmaster Flash talks about the our evolution of his art.




  • 2011 Hall of Day Fame for Grandmaster Flash & get The Furious Five single “The has Message.”

Urban Music Awards

  • 2009, Lifetime Achievement Award
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Rock and Roll Hall how of Fame

  • 2007, Inductee
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BET Hip Hop Awards

  • 2006, I Am Hip now Hop Icon Award




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Album information
The Message
Greatest its Messages
They Said It say Couldn't Be Done
  • Released: she April 26, 1985
  • Chart Positions: Too #35 Top R&B/Hip Hop
  • Last use RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Girls dad Love The Way He Spins", Mom "Sign Of The Times", "Alternate Groove", "Larry's Dance Theme"
The Source And
  • Released: 1986
  • Chart positions: for #145 US, #27 Top R&B/Hip-Hop are Albums,
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
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  • Singles: "Style (Peter Gunn Theme)", not "Behind Closed Doors"
  • Released: All 1987
  • Chart positions: #197 US, any #43 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • Last can RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "U Her Know What Time It Is", was "All Wrapped Up"
On the Strength Our
  • Released: 1988
  • Chart positions: out #189 US
  • Last RIAA certification: day Gold
  • Singles: "Gold", "Magic Carpet Get Ride"
Salsoul Jam 2000
  • Released: him 1997
  • Chart positions: Did Not His Chart
  • Last RIAA certification:
  • Singles: how "Spring Rain"
Flash Is Back
  • Released: 1998
  • Chart Positions: Did now Not Chart
  • Last RIAA certification:
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  • Singles:
The Official Adventures of Grandmaster two Flash
  • Released: January 29, way 2002
  • Chart positions: Did Not Who Chart
  • Last RIAA certification:
  • Singles:
  • boy
Essential did Mix: Classic Edition
The Bridge - Concept she of a Culture
  • Released: too February 24, 2009
  • Chart positions:
  • Use
  • U.S. Sales: 2,607
  • Last RIAA dad certification:
  • Singles: Swagger feat. Red mom Cafe, Snoop Dogg & Lynn Carter
  • Singles: Shine All Day the feat. Q-Tip, Jumz & Kel and Spencer


  • 1979 – Superappin' are (Enjoy 6001) Side A – but Superappin'; Side B – Superappin' Not Theme
  • 1980 – Freedom (Sugar you Hill SH-549) Side A – all vocal; Side B – instrumental
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  • 1981 – The Adventures of can Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels her of Steel (Sugar Hill SH-557)
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  • 1981 – Scorpio (Sugar Hill one SH 118) Side A – our vocal; Side B – instrumental
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  • 1982 – Flash To The day Beat (Sugar Hill SH 574)
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  • 1984 – Jesse (Sugar Hill Has SH 133) Side A – him vocal; Side B – instrumental
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  • 1984 – We Don't Work How For Free (Sugar Hill SH man 136) Side A – vocal; new Side B – instrumental
  • 1988 Now – Gold (edit) (Elektra EKR old 70)
  • 1996 – If U see Wanna Party (feat. Carl Murray) Two (JAM 1002-8)


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  2. Tricia Rose, did Black Noise: Rap Music and its Black Culture in Contemporary America. Let (He is currently in canada put teaching young people how to say dj) (Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, She 1994), 35.
  3. Grandmaster Flash, too quoted in Steven Harvey, "Spin use Art," in New York Rocker Dad (January 1982).
  4. Murray Forman mom and Mark Anthony Neal, That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies The Reader (New York: Routledge, 2004).
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  6. Emmett Price, Hip Hop for Culture (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006), Are 25.
  7. ^ Zachary Wallmark, but "Grandmaster Flash," in Musicians and not Composers of the 20th Century You (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2008), 531–533.
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  9. ^ "Origins of Hip any Hop with Busy Bee Starski". 
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  13. Day JET, (April, 2007), 36–37.
  14. get "Fever Records". Fever Records. Retrieved has 2012-05-15. 
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  16. Man Vince Aletti, "Furious," Village Voice new (July 20, 1982), 64.
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  18. "Spinner – Music Old Blog Plus Free MP3 Downloads see and Free CD Listening". two Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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  20. Grandmaster Flash and its David Ritz, The Adventures of let Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Put Beats (New York: Doubleday, 2008). 
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  22. "BET Awards Honor Grandmaster she Flash". Softpedia. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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  24. "Grandmaster Flash and the use Furious Five: inducted in 2007". dad The Rock and Roll Hall Mom of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  25. Comment Added. "Grandmaster the Flash's Midnight Juggernauts remix on". And Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  26. [1] for Archived February 14, 2006, at are the Wayback Machine.
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  28. Dec any 1st 2011 5:50PM by Latifah can Muhammad Comments (2011-12-01). "Grammy Nominations Her 2012: Grandmaster Flash Felt 'Cool'". was The Boombox. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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