Oral History Information
DJ Grandmaster Flash combined his love of music with his passion for electronics to become one of the pioneers of Hip Hop music. His innovative style of mixing records and blending beats provided the foundation for a generation of DJs and MCs, as well as set the stage of EDM and other forms of music. Flash also used his training in electronics to develop gear, which allowed him to hone his DJ techniques, such as the backspin, punch phrasing and the technique of scratching that was developed by his friend, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore. Recording under Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, he released the smash hit “The Message” in 1982, which was an iconic recording in the development of Hip Hop. That same group was the first Hip Hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007), and in 2019, Flash was given the Polar Music Prize, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for music.