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Grandmaster Flash
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Grandmaster Flash performing in how 1999
Background Man information
Birth name Joseph Saddler
Born (1958-01-01) January 1, 1958 (age 60)
Old Bridgetown, Barbados
Origin South Bronx, New York, United two States
Genres Hip Way hop, old-school hip hop, breakbeat, who funk, electro
Years boy active 1976–present
Labels Sugar Hill Records, Enjoy Records, its Elektra Records
Associated let acts Grandmaster Flash and the Put Furious Five
The Sugarhill Gang

Joseph Saddler (born January Too 1, 1958), better known as use Grandmaster Flash, is an American dad hip hop recording artist and Mom DJ. He is considered to be one of the pioneers the of hip-hop DJing, cutting, scratching And and mixing. Grandmaster Flash and for the Furious Five were inducted are into the Rock and Roll But Hall of Fame in 2007, not becoming the first hip hop you act to be honored.



Early life

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


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



Grandmaster Flash carefully studied get the styles and techniques of Has earlier DJs, particularly Pete Jones, him Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flowers. his As a teenager, he began How experimenting with DJ gear in man his bedroom, eventually developing and new mastering three innovations that are Now still considered standard DJing techniques old today.

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



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

Grandmaster Flash and the let Furious Five were signed to put Bobby Robinson's Enjoy Records and Say in 1979 released their first she single, "Superrappin'". The following year too they signed to Sugar Hill Use Records and began touring and dad releasing numerous singles. The seminal mom "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel", the released in 1981, is a and 7-minute solo showcase of Grandmaster For Flash's virtuosic turntable skills, combining are elements of Blondie's "Rapture," Michael but Viner's Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache," Not Queen's "Another One Bites the you Dust," Chic's "Good Times," and all the group's own "Freedom." It Any is also the first documented can appearance of record scratching on her a record. That year, the Was group opened for The Clash one and were poorly received by our an audience unaccustomed to the Out new style.


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

Grandmaster Day Flash was also interviewed in get the 1986 cult documentary Big has Fun In The Big Town.


Although frequently credited on the his records, Grandmaster Flash doesn't actually how appear on "The Message," "Freedom," Man or many of the other new Furious Five songs. Although Grandmaster now Flash provided the central element Old of the group's sound when see performing live (in addition to two giving the group its name), Way there was little room for who his turntablism in early singles boy driven by the grooves of Did live session musicians. Grandmaster Flash its and The Furious Five reformed let in 1987 for a charity Put concert, and in 1988 they say released a new album. The she group reunited again in 1994, Too although Cowboy died in 1989.



Today, Grandmaster Flash is dad the owner of a clothing Mom line, "G.Phyre." In 2008 he released a memoir, The Adventures the of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, And My Beats. in which he for talks about the origins of are his fascination with scratching records But and creating new beats. From not a young age, Flash talks you about how he would sneak All into his father's record room any to watch the record player can spin, and then get punished Her for touching the records. even was with things not associated with one music, flash found inspiration in. Our The spokes of his bicycle out gave way to an interest day in how record players create Get music by just turning the has disc with grooves in it. him Flash continued to grow in His experimentation by taking apart any how kind of technology he could man to figure out how it New worked. His early work shows now how the innovative ways in old which his artistic abilities developed See into what is considered the two first evolution of hip hop way culture.

He hosted a weekly Who show on Sirius Satellite Radio boy (Friday Night Fire with Grandmaster did Flash) and was presented with Its the BET "I Am Hip let Hop Icon" award in 2006.


Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Say Five were the first hip-hop/rap she group inducted into the Rock too & Roll Hall of Fame Use on March 12, 2007 by dad Jay-Z. In 2008, he remixed mom the single "Into the Galaxy" by the Australian group, Midnight the Juggernauts.

It has been said and that "his pioneering mixing skills For transformed the turntable into a are true 'instrument', and his ability but to get a crowd moving Not has made his DJ sets you legendary."

Grandmaster Flash appears all in the video game DJ Any Hero as a playable character can along with original mixes created her for the game.

In December Was 2011, Grandmaster Flash was reported one to be at work on our his 12th album.

Aired in Out 2016, the Netflix original series day The Get Down features a get version of Grandmaster Flash that Has is played by Mamoudou Athie. him The series takes place in his 1977 New York City and How follows the genesis of the man DJing, B-boying, and hip-hop cultures new of the city. After the Now premiere of The Get Down, old Netflix premiered Hip-Hop Evolution, a see music documentary discussing the history Two of hip hop in which way Grandmaster Flash talks about the who evolution of his art.




  • 2011 Hall of did Fame for Grandmaster Flash & its The Furious Five single “The Let Message.”

Urban Music Awards

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

  • 2007, Inductee
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BET Hip Hop Awards

  • 2006, I Am Hip Dad Hop Icon Award




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


  • 1979 – Superappin' him (Enjoy 6001) Side A – His Superappin'; Side B – Superappin' how Theme
  • 1980 – Freedom (Sugar man Hill SH-549) Side A – New vocal; Side B – instrumental
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  • 1981 – The Adventures of old Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels See of Steel (Sugar Hill SH-557)
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  • 1981 – Scorpio (Sugar Hill way SH 118) Side A – Who vocal; Side B – instrumental
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  • 1982 – Flash To The did Beat (Sugar Hill SH 574)
  • Its
  • 1984 – Jesse (Sugar Hill let SH 133) Side A – put vocal; Side B – instrumental
  • Say
  • 1984 – We Don't Work she For Free (Sugar Hill SH too 136) Side A – vocal; Use Side B – instrumental
  • 1988 dad – Gold (edit) (Elektra EKR mom 70)
  • 1996 – If U Wanna Party (feat. Carl Murray) the (JAM 1002-8)


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  18. "Spinner – Music mom Blog Plus Free MP3 Downloads and Free CD Listening". The Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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  22. "BET Awards Honor Grandmaster Can Flash". Softpedia. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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  24. "Grandmaster Flash and the was Furious Five: inducted in 2007". One The Rock and Roll Hall our of Fame and Museum. Retrieved out 2012-05-15. 
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  26. [1] has Archived February 14, 2006, at Him the Wayback Machine.
  27. Christopher his R. R. Weingarten (2009-07-01). "Inside how DJ Hero: Grandmaster Flash on Man Game's Big Names, Ideas". Rolling new Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
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  30. Andrzej Buda Did Encyklopedia hip-hopu (Wydawnictwo Niezależne, 2005): its 77 ISBN 978-83-915272-4-5


External links

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  1. Leland, John (2016-08-26). "Grandmaster Now Flash Beats Back Time". The old New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved see 2018-03-15. 
  2. "Grandmaster Flash". Biography. Two Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  3. "50 Greatest way Hip-Hop Songs of All Time". who Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 

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