“Grandmaster Flash was hip hop in the same way Velvet Underground was punk. Or King Tubby was dub. Or Wiley was grime. They were predecessors, making the music before it even had a name."
– TOM WAKINS, POLYGRAPH
ABOUT GRANDMASTER FLASH
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. It’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him Hip Hop’s first virtuoso.
Today, he’s the voice of an entire generation of 1970s hip hop pioneers. From his electric live shows, to his production role on Netflix’ The Get Down, Grandmaster Flash is at once a historian, a storyteller, and a cultural force.
polar music prize 2019
Grandmaster Flash named one of the 2019 laureates for Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious music awards. The award was presented at a gala ceremony and banquet at Stockholm, Sweden’s Grand Hôtel by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 11 and was broadcast live on Swedish national television.
grammy nominee special message 2014
Grandmaster Flash took the stage during the GRAMMY Nominee Special and was joined by Common, LL Cool J, Lupe Fiasco, and Rick Ross for a special performance.
GRAMMY Hall of fame 2012
Grandmaster Flash’s musical contribution inducted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’s Grammy Hall of Fame.
rock & roll hall of fame 2007
Grandmaster Flash honored at Rock & Hall of Fame for pioneering relationship between the DJ and rappers and his innovative techniques of the turntable and mixing equipment.
GRANDMASTER FLASH LIVE
The music of the 1970s fueled the rise of Hip Hop, but much of that decade’s influence has been lost to time. With access to archival master recordings, images, and videos from the vaults of the major record labels, Grandmaster Flash’s live show is a celebration of Hip Hop’s most formative decade.
MAKING THE GET DOWN
Baz Lurhman's The Get Down is a a music-driven drama that documents the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970s, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.
Luhrman called on Grandmaster Flash to serve as his Associate Producer, providing music supervision and ensuring that the high-concept production is true to the era