Grandmaster Flash is generally considered to be one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, and with good reason. Cutting, scratching, using an electronic beat box, sampling... all were techniques he either invented or perfected. He and his bandmates who comprised Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the self-titled first MC's, responsible for the inception and flourishing of rap music through songs like "Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," "Superrappin'", and "The Message."
In March of 2007, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this past year Flash put out a memoir, My Life, My Beats. Old-schoolers and anyone who curses hip-hop's current state should catch the fascinating pioneer at the Talkhouse tonight at 10. Click here to buy tickets.
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