DJ, MC, rapper, Grandmaster Flash (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
birth name: Joseph Saddle

Grandmaster Flash

January 1, 1958 , Bridgetown, Barbados

An American hip hop musician and DJ - one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. He has been credited with the invention of the first crossfader by sourcing parts from a junkyard in the Bronx. It was initially an On/Off toggle switch from an old microphone that he transformed into a left/right switch which allowed him to switch from one turntable to another, thereby avoiding a break in the music. ~ Wikipedia: Grandmaster Flash ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

DJ Grandmaster Flash and his group the Furious Five were hip-hop's greatest innovators, transcending the genre's party-music origins to explore the full scope of its lyrical and sonic horizons. Flash was born Joseph Saddler in Barbados on January 1, 1958; he began spinning records as teen growing up in the Bronx, performing live at area dances and block parties. By age 19, while attending technical school courses in electronics during the day, he was also spinning on the local disco circuit; over time, he developed a series of groundbreaking techniques including “cutting” (moving between tracks exactly on the beat), “back-spinning” (manually turning records to repeat brief snippets of sound), and “phasing” (manipulating turntable speeds) - in short, creating the basic vocabulary which DJs continue to follow even today. ~ Allmusic: Grandmaster Flash ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 © Allmusic

DJ Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five ~ Inducted in the 2007 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip-hop. Theirs was a pioneering union between one DJ and five rapping MCs. Grandmaster Flash not only devised various techniques but also designed turntable and mixing equipment. Formed in the South Bronx, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were one of the first rap posses, responsible for such masterpieces as ‘The Message,’ ‘Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel’ and ‘White Lines.’ The combination of Grandmaster Flash’s turntable mastery and the Furious Five’s raps, which ranged from socially conscious to frivolously fun, made for a series of 12-inch records that forever altered the musical landscape. ~ 2007 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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