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Flashback Friday: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1983)



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Do you know when hip-hop was born? Do you know the “Holy Trinity” of hip-hop? No? It’s all good, here’s a quick lesson. Hip-hop was born August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx.


A man named DJ Kool Herc hosted a back to school jam where he used funk records and isolated the instrument portion of records to emphasize the drum beat or break. Herc is credited for creating the merry-go-round technique. Afrika Bambaataa inspired by Herc decided to start a movement. Bambaataa created the Universal Zulu Nation.


The Zulu Nation offered an alternative to gang life with ironically, the help of street gang Black Spades. Grandmaster Flash also from New York, South Bronx to be exact, was perfecting what Herc had created.


He called Herc’s merry-go-round technique, “disarray unison” because it was impossible to catch the break every time on a record. Therefore, Flash developed a method where he marked the vinyl with a crayon, indicating where the break was.


DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash are considered the Holy Trinity of hip-hop, and now hip-hop continues to live on reaching cultures worldwide.


For this Flashback Friday, CeeSoDope would like to show love to one of the founding founders of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash. On January 7, 1983, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five performed at Concert Hall in Toronto.


Check out the live performance and interview below:





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