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Sunday, March 9, 2008


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.

Flash did not begin collaborating with rappers until around 1977, first teaming with the legendary Kurtis Blow. He then began working with the Furious Five -- rappers Melle Mel (Melvin Glover), Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), Kid Creole (Nathaniel Glover), Mr. Ness aka Scorpio (Eddie Morris), and Rahiem (Guy Williams); the group quickly became legendary throughout New York City, attracting notice not only for Flash's unrivalled skills as a DJ but also for the Five's masterful rapping, most notable for their signature trading and blending of lyrics. Despite their local popularity, they did not record until after the Sugarhill Gang's smash "Rapper's Delight" proved the existence of a market for hip-hop releases; after releasing "We Rap More Mellow" as the Younger Generation, Flash and the Five recorded "Superappin'" for the Enjoy label owned by R&B legend Bobby Robinson. They then switched to Sugar Hill, owned by Sylvia Robinson (no relation), after she promised them an opportunity to rap over a current DJ favorite, "Get Up and Dance" by Freedom (the idea had probably been originally conceived by Crash Crew for their single "High Powered Rap").

That record, 1980's "Freedom," the group's Sugar Hill debut, reached the Top 20 on national R&B charts on its way to selling over 50,000 copies; its follow-up, "Birthday Party," was also a hit. 1981's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" was the group's first truly landmark recording, introducing Flash's "cutting" techniques to create a stunning sound collage from snippets of songs by Chic, Blondie, and Queen. Flash and the Five's next effort, 1982's "The Message," was even more revelatory -- for the first time, hip-hop became a vehicle not merely for bragging and boasting but for trenchant social commentary, with Melle Mel delivering a blistering rap detailing the grim realities of life in the ghetto. The record was a major critical hit, and it was an enormous step in solidifying rap as an important and enduring form of musical expression.

Following 1983's anti-cocaine polemic "White Lines," relations between Flash and Melle Mel turned ugly, and the rapper soon left the group, forming a new unit also dubbed the Furious Five. After a series of Grandmaster Flash solo albums including 1985's They Said It Couldn't Be Done, 1986's The Source, and 1987's Da Bop Boom Bang, he reformed the original Furious Five lineup for a charity concert at Madison Square Garden; soon after, the reconstituted group recorded a new LP, 1988's On the Strength, which earned a lukewarm reception from fans and critics alike. Another reunion followed in 1994, when Flash and the Five joined a rap package tour also including Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. A year later, Flash and Melle Mel also appeared on Duran Duran's cover of "White Lines." Except for a few compilations during the late '90s, Flash was relatively quiet until 2002, when a pair of mix albums appeared: The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on Strut and Essential Mix: Classic Edition on ffrr.


Grandmaster Flash - The Essential Grandmaster Flash


1. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Birthday Party
2. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Freedom
3. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
4. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – New York New York
5. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
6. Grandmaster Flash – It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love)
7. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Scorpio
8. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - She’s Fresh
9. The Furious Five Meet Sugarhill Gang – Showdown
10.Grandmaster Flash – Flash To The Beat Pt. 1


1. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
2. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Pump Me Up
3. The Furious Five Feat. Cowboy, Melle Mel & Scorpio – Step Off
4. Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Beat Street Breakdown
5. Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Jesse
6. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – The Message II (Survival)
7. Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Freestyle
8. Grandmaster Melle Mel – King Of The Streets
9. Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five – We Don’t Work For Free
10.Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Internationally Known



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Videos: Grandmaster Flash - The message
Grandmaster Flash vs.Dj Jazzy Jeff & Dj Kid Capri - Medley (Live)

Grandmaster Flash - On The Strenght (1988)

01 - Gold.mp3
02 - Cold in Effect.mp3
03 - Yo Baby.mp3
04 - On the Strength.mp3
05 - The King.mp3
06 - Fly Girl.mp3
07 - Magic Carpet Ride.mp3
08 - Leave Here.mp3
09 - This is where you got it from.mp3
10 - The Boy Is Dope.mp3
11 - Back in the Old Days of Hip Hop.mp3
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The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash (2002)
Intro - "The Turntable Scientist"
Grandmaster Flash Turntable Mix - "Flash Tears The Roof Off"
"The Mexican" - Babe Ruth
"Grandmaster Flash Live At The T-Connection '79"
Grandmaster Flash Turntable Mix - "Flash Got More Bounce"
"Trans Europe Express" - Kraftwerk
Grandmaster Flash Interview - "Females"
"Do What You Gotta Do" - Eddie Drennon & The BBS Orchestra
Grandmaster Flash Turntable Mix - "Freestyle Mix"
"Grandmaster Flash Live At The Disco Convention '82"
"Computer Games" - Yellow Magic Orchestra
Grandmaster Flash Interview - "Set It Off"
Grandmaster Flash Turntable Mix - "Get Off Your Horse & Jam!"
"Bonus Track"
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Grandmaster Flash - Adventures on the Wheels of Steel

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