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Birthname: Joseph Saddler
Born: Jan 01 1958


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GRANDMASTER FLASH ANNOUNCES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS

On October 13th, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline Entertainment via Strut / !K7 Records, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra in 1987. Recorded at Flash’s own studio in New York during 2007-2008, the over-riding theme of the album is the global language of hip hop. “Wherever I travel as a DJ, I see the incredible power of this artform,” Flash explains. “I am constantly amazed by it. That’s the line that runs through the album – we speak many ... Read more

GRANDMASTER FLASH ANNOUNCES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS

On October 13th, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline Entertainment via Strut / !K7 Records, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra in 1987. Recorded at Flash’s own studio in New York during 2007-2008, the over-riding theme of the album is the global language of hip hop. “Wherever I travel as a DJ, I see the incredible power of this artform,” Flash explains. “I am constantly amazed by it. That’s the line that runs through the album – we speak many languages and come from many cultures but, wherever I go in the world, there is one universal culture of hip hop.”

Based on this theme, Flash features the track ‘We Speak Hip Hop’ as a centrepiece, bringing together a multi-national tag team consisting of four MCs rapping in their own languages. KASE O (from Spanish crew Violadores Del Verso), MACCHO (from Ozrosaurus, Japan), ABASS (Senegal) and AFASI (from Afasi & Filthy, Sweden) trade verses alongside KRS ONE for the first track of its kind. “I used the Mandingo ‘Sacrifice’ horns on this, which was a huge battle break for me back in the day. I chose MCs who had the right flow,” continues Flash. “It wasn’t about finding the biggest names – some of the guys are known widely in their own country, some are more underground. It was more about the right chemistry.”

More familiar faces appearing on the album include A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-TIP, alongside Will Smith collaborator KEL SPENCER on the poetic ‘Shine All Day’. KRS ONE paints a doomsday scenario of a world without hip hop culture in ‘What If (No More Hip Hop?)’ and BIG DADDY KANE takes it right down on the slow jam ‘When I Get There’. For fans of his party jams, Flash turns to UK street heroes BASHY and GHETTO on ‘I Got Sumtin’ To Say’ and teams up with SUPERNATURE and Rock Steady Crew original CRAZY LEGS for an all-new party break: “It’s called ‘Tribute To The Breakdancer’ and it’s purely designed for the floor,” says Flash. “Supernature’s verses work around me and Crazy Legs just talking about what it was like back then, the way the dancers and the DJs fed off each other.”

“As well as making an album for hip hop fans, I want this release to set the record straight,” explains Flash. “There’s still confusion about who I am and what I do. A lot of people still think that I’m an MC - I am a DJ and a producer. This album contains a lot of the elements that make up who I am and where I am at today.”

Grandmaster Flash is one of the undisputed pioneers of hip hop, famously developing his ‘Clock Theory’ mix techniques during the ‘70s on home made DJ equipment. Through his fabled block parties and, later, live shows and releases with The Furious Five, Flash was responsible for recording the first live DJ scratch mix to be committed to wax and for masterminding groundbreaking live sets that lifted the bar for hip hop. Through his work, hip hop was first taken seriously as a sustainable artform that could both pack a lyrical punch and pull audiences on a par with traditional mainstream rock and pop acts.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

GRANDMASTER FLASH ANNOUNCES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS

On October 13th, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline Entertainment via Strut / !K7 Records, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra in 1987. Recorded at Flash’s own studio in New York during 2007-2008, the over-riding theme of the album is the global language of hip hop. “Wherever I travel as a DJ, I see the incredible power of this artform,” Flash explains. “I am constantly amazed by it. That’s the line that runs through the album – we speak many languages and come from many cultures but, wherever I go in the world, there is one universal culture of hip hop.”

Based on this theme, Flash features the track ‘We Speak Hip Hop’ as a centrepiece, bringing together a multi-national tag team consisting of four MCs rapping in their own languages. KASE O (from Spanish crew Violadores Del Verso), MACCHO (from Ozrosaurus, Japan), ABASS (Senegal) and AFASI (from Afasi & Filthy, Sweden) trade verses alongside KRS ONE for the first track of its kind. “I used the Mandingo ‘Sacrifice’ horns on this, which was a huge battle break for me back in the day. I chose MCs who had the right flow,” continues Flash. “It wasn’t about finding the biggest names – some of the guys are known widely in their own country, some are more underground. It was more about the right chemistry.”

More familiar faces appearing on the album include A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-TIP, alongside Will Smith collaborator KEL SPENCER on the poetic ‘Shine All Day’. KRS ONE paints a doomsday scenario of a world without hip hop culture in ‘What If (No More Hip Hop?)’ and BIG DADDY KANE takes it right down on the slow jam ‘When I Get There’. For fans of his party jams, Flash turns to UK street heroes BASHY and GHETTO on ‘I Got Sumtin’ To Say’ and teams up with SUPERNATURE and Rock Steady Crew original CRAZY LEGS for an all-new party break: “It’s called ‘Tribute To The Breakdancer’ and it’s purely designed for the floor,” says Flash. “Supernature’s verses work around me and Crazy Legs just talking about what it was like back then, the way the dancers and the DJs fed off each other.”

“As well as making an album for hip hop fans, I want this release to set the record straight,” explains Flash. “There’s still confusion about who I am and what I do. A lot of people still think that I’m an MC - I am a DJ and a producer. This album contains a lot of the elements that make up who I am and where I am at today.”

Grandmaster Flash is one of the undisputed pioneers of hip hop, famously developing his ‘Clock Theory’ mix techniques during the ‘70s on home made DJ equipment. Through his fabled block parties and, later, live shows and releases with The Furious Five, Flash was responsible for recording the first live DJ scratch mix to be committed to wax and for masterminding groundbreaking live sets that lifted the bar for hip hop. Through his work, hip hop was first taken seriously as a sustainable artform that could both pack a lyrical punch and pull audiences on a par with traditional mainstream rock and pop acts.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

GRANDMASTER FLASH ANNOUNCES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS

On October 13th, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline Entertainment via Strut / !K7 Records, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra in 1987. Recorded at Flash’s own studio in New York during 2007-2008, the over-riding theme of the album is the global language of hip hop. “Wherever I travel as a DJ, I see the incredible power of this artform,” Flash explains. “I am constantly amazed by it. That’s the line that runs through the album – we speak many languages and come from many cultures but, wherever I go in the world, there is one universal culture of hip hop.”

Based on this theme, Flash features the track ‘We Speak Hip Hop’ as a centrepiece, bringing together a multi-national tag team consisting of four MCs rapping in their own languages. KASE O (from Spanish crew Violadores Del Verso), MACCHO (from Ozrosaurus, Japan), ABASS (Senegal) and AFASI (from Afasi & Filthy, Sweden) trade verses alongside KRS ONE for the first track of its kind. “I used the Mandingo ‘Sacrifice’ horns on this, which was a huge battle break for me back in the day. I chose MCs who had the right flow,” continues Flash. “It wasn’t about finding the biggest names – some of the guys are known widely in their own country, some are more underground. It was more about the right chemistry.”

More familiar faces appearing on the album include A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-TIP, alongside Will Smith collaborator KEL SPENCER on the poetic ‘Shine All Day’. KRS ONE paints a doomsday scenario of a world without hip hop culture in ‘What If (No More Hip Hop?)’ and BIG DADDY KANE takes it right down on the slow jam ‘When I Get There’. For fans of his party jams, Flash turns to UK street heroes BASHY and GHETTO on ‘I Got Sumtin’ To Say’ and teams up with SUPERNATURE and Rock Steady Crew original CRAZY LEGS for an all-new party break: “It’s called ‘Tribute To The Breakdancer’ and it’s purely designed for the floor,” says Flash. “Supernature’s verses work around me and Crazy Legs just talking about what it was like back then, the way the dancers and the DJs fed off each other.”

“As well as making an album for hip hop fans, I want this release to set the record straight,” explains Flash. “There’s still confusion about who I am and what I do. A lot of people still think that I’m an MC - I am a DJ and a producer. This album contains a lot of the elements that make up who I am and where I am at today.”

Grandmaster Flash is one of the undisputed pioneers of hip hop, famously developing his ‘Clock Theory’ mix techniques during the ‘70s on home made DJ equipment. Through his fabled block parties and, later, live shows and releases with The Furious Five, Flash was responsible for recording the first live DJ scratch mix to be committed to wax and for masterminding groundbreaking live sets that lifted the bar for hip hop. Through his work, hip hop was first taken seriously as a sustainable artform that could both pack a lyrical punch and pull audiences on a par with traditional mainstream rock and pop acts.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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