When Joseph Saddler moved to the Big Apple from Bridgetown, Barbados, he was dreaming of changing his life. Eventually, he managed to change the history of music. Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of Hip Hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today.
He began his career by founding Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, a group that soon became legendary in New York. The city was shaken by the new rhythms, outfits, movements and themes that nobody told before. It is with the song symbol “The Message”, considered by Rolling Stones magazine “the best hip hop song ever”, that rap becomes the most important and lasting form of musical expression capable of telling those years of abuse, crime and intolerance towards the African American community. They had lit the fuse of change, something was moving, and a newly born genre was growing.
From hip hop, the innovative reach of Grandmaster Flash is boundless towards other genres, such as pop, punk and rap, up to the universe of the console, leaving an indelible mark in the technique of Djing. He has influenced entire generations of artists including, to name a few, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Tupac, The notorius BIG, Snoop Dog.
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