Grandmaster Flash in Istanbul
DJ Grandmaster Flash the Turntable Legend will be cutting it up in Istanbul.
The first DJ to make the turntable an instrument, American hip hop musician Grandmaster Flash, aka Joseph Sadler, one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop. Born in Barbados and raised in the Bronx, Joseph was weaned on the mid-70s block parties of early heroes Cool Herc and Peter DJ Jones.
The speed of his skills earned him the epithet ‘Flash’. Uniting with the best rappers of the era, Flash formed Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, releasing hip-hop’s breakthrough record Super Rappin in 1976. Grandmaster on the Wheels of Steel, the first record to use samples, followed and the next release, The Message made hip-hop an international phenomena.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went Platinum with their single, “The Message.” Meanwhile, the single “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” introduced hip hop DJing to a larger listening audience than it had ever known before; it became the first DJ composition to be recorded by a DJ. The group’s fame only grew with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” Punk and new wave fans were introduced to Flash through Blondie, who immortalized him in their hit, “Rapture.” One of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first hip-hop/rap group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 12, 2007 by Jay-Z.
Today, Flash has a weekly show on Sirius Radio, The Flash Mash on Hot Jams 50. The show is a kaleidoscopic mash-up of Flash’s tastes, spanning just about any genre from just about any corner of the world; it airs on Saturdays from 5-8pm.
DJ Grandmaster Flash will be cutting it up in Istanbul this weekend at Ghetto on 10 April, Saturday 2010 / 22:30
Warm up: Dj No-frost
Visuals: Vj X-static
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