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Grandmaster Flash

key, ttbl, *1958 US, Bridgetown
Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap and Electronic
A.k.a. Joseph Saddler

Born: January 1, 1958, Barbados, West Indies DJ / Producer of Barbadian origin, he moved with his family to New York City in the early 1960s. Flash was influenced by the block parties and their DJs in his Bronx neighborhood. He took DJ Kool Herc's "merry go round" technique (which consisted of taking the break off of a record and looping it) and then added Grand Wizard Theodore's scratch technique and merged both styles into each other. This was later referred to as 'cutting the break'. Flash took his new style to the block parties in the mid 70s and after early failures he added several MCs to hype the crowd. These early rappers included Melle Mel, Cowboy, Scorpio (Mr. Ness), Rahiem and Melle Mel's brother Kid Creole - eventually settling on the name Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Acknowledged as a defining moment in hip hop history this combination has paved the way for whole generations of hip hop heads, MCs, rappers and DJs worldwide ever since. After the breakup of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Flash recorded a trio of albums for the Elektra label before reuniting with The Furious Five for the 1988 album 'On The Strength'. After struggling with and overcoming drug addiction, Flash returned to the music scene with three DJ Mix albums, a weekly radio show and TV spots. An album for the Malboro label in Germany was released in 1998 ('Flash Is Back') and in 2009, a new studio album entitled 'The Bridge. Concept Of A Culture' was released worldwide. According to Flash, "The album title represents all the bridges I've crossed worldwide. The bridges of time, cultures and color, the bridges of hip hop, funk, pop, rock, jazz, punk, disco and R&B." In 2007 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five became the first hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

        
Instruments
  • Keyboards
  • Turntables
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
The Message on Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
You Can't Hide / You Can't Hide From Yourself (Touch of Class GMF Remix) on The Get Down: Original Soundtrack From The Netflix Original Series by Various Artists
Apache - Grandmaster Flash Mix on 40 Years of the Incredible Bongo Band by Incredible Bongo Band
White Lines (Don't Do It) - Long Version on The Message: The Roots of Rap by Various Artists
It's Nasty (Genius of Love) [Short Version] on Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Long Version on The Sugar Hill Records Story by Various Artists
Relève la tête on Savoir & vivre ensemble by Kery James
Beat Street - 12" Single Version on Message From Beat Street, The Best Of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five by Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five
New York, New York on Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel on Rhino Hi-Five: The Sugarhill Gang [Vol 2] by The Sugarhill Gang

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Grandmaster Flash CollectionGrandmaster Flash2014Album
RemixesEd Smith Presents Grandmaster Flash2010Single
The MessageGrandmaster Flash2010Compil.
SwaggerGrandmaster Flash Ft. Red Cafe, Snoop Dogg & Lynn Carter2009Single
Shine All DayGrandmaster Flash2009Single
The Bridge. Concept Of A CultureGrandmaster Flash2009Album
Salsoul Jam 2008 (Runaway/Spring Rain)Grandmaster Flash2008Album
The EssentialGrandmaster Flash2007Compil.
Grandmaster FlashGrandmaster Flash2007Compil.
Essential CutsGrandmaster Flash2006Compil.
Breezeblock Mix ShowcaseGrandmaster Flash & Mix Master Mike2006Album
Step Off / Pump Me UpGrandmaster Flash, Melle Mel And The Furious Five2004Album
Greatest HitsGrandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five2004Album
Spoiler Talks DVD Series: Grandmaster FlashGrandmaster Flash2003Single
The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster FlashGrandmaster Flash2002Compil.
The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash SamplerGrandmaster Flash2002Album
The Message The Best Of Grandmaster Flash & The Sugarhill GangGrandmaster Flash / Sugarhill Gang2002Compil.
Essential Mix: Classic EditionGrandmaster Flash2002Compil.
The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash SamplerGrandmaster Flash2002Album
The Greatest HitsSugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash2000Compil.
Sugarhill Gang RemixesJunior Cartier / West Street Mob / Roots Manuva / Grandmaster Flash1999Compil.
1, 2, 3,... Rhymes GaloreDJ Tomekk vs Grandmaster Flash1999Album
Adventures On The Wheels Of SteelGrandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, Grandmaster Melle Mel1999Compil.
Flash Is BackGrandmaster Flash1998Album
Vinyl Beat Of Two Turntables With Cybernetics And Bio-FeedbackDr. Yann & Grandmaster Flash1998Album
Dance To The Beat / Little Bit Of FlashGrandmaster Flash vs. Stretch & Vern vs. Mateo & Matos1998Album
Salsoul Jam 2000Grandmaster Flash1997Album
Grandmaster Flash V's The Sugarhill GangGrandmaster Flash V's Sugarhill Gang1997Compil.
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five - More Of The BestGrandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five1996Compil.
If U Wanna PartyGrandmaster Flash1996Single
The Message Live In N.Y.C.Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash1995Album
The Best Of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five (Message From Beat Street)Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five1994Compil.
The Greatest HitsGrandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, Grandmaster Melle Mel1992Compil.
The Real MessageMalcolm X Featuring Grandmaster Flash1992Album
White Lines & Other MessagesGrandmaster Flash1991Compil.
The MessageGrandmaster Flash1989Single
The Very Best Of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & Furious FiveGrandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five1988Compil.
U Know What Time It IsGrandmaster Flash1987Album
Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang InstrumentalsGrandmaster Flash1987Album
Ba-Dop-Boom-BangGrandmaster Flash1987Album
U Know What Time It Is (Extended Scratch)Grandmaster Flash1987Album
Infidelity / Years Go By / U Know What Time It IsSimply Red / Stan Campbell / Grandmaster Flash1987Album
All Wrapped UpGrandmaster Flash1987Album
Style (Peter Gunn Theme)Grandmaster Flash1986Album
The SourceGrandmaster Flash1986Album
Behind Closed DoorsGrandmaster Flash1986Album
Alternate GrooveGrandmaster Flash1985Album
Girls Love The Way He SpinsGrandmaster Flash1985Album
Sign Of The TimesGrandmaster Flash1985Album
They Said It Couldn't Be DoneGrandmaster Flash1985Album
The Party MixGrandmaster Flash1981Single
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel / The Party MixGrandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Album
"Cold In Effect", "Yo Baby" ,"On The Strength", "King"Grandmaster FlashAlbum
RapmastersGrandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang and The Furious FiveAlbum
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