Grandmaster Flash is one of Hip Hop’s pioneers: he made it his life’s work to create and perfect the art of DJing. In his adolescent years in the Bronx, Grandmaster Flash was the first DJ to use the turntables as an instrument. He also created the very first beat box machine, which remains a staple of Hip Hop, despite newer technology.
In celebration of Black History Month, Grandmaster Flash will launch his new website on February 16, 2008 (http://www.grandmasterflash.com). The site will offer innovative ways to listen, read, and hear about this legend. As someone always looking to take Hip Hop up a notch, Grandmaster Flash is proud to take his pioneering spirit to the Internet.
Grandmaster Flash’s memoirs, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash – My Life My Beats are slated to hit bookstores on June 10. The book was penned by David Ritz, author of both Marvin Gaye’s and Ray Charles’ biographies. In this extraordinary book, Grandmaster Flash sets down Hip Hop history, for sharing for the first time his personal and difficult life story—along with no small amount of wisdom and experience.
Today, Grandmaster Flash has a weekly show on Sirius Radio, The Flash Mash. The show is a kaleidoscopic mash-up of his tastes, spanning just about any genre from just about any corner of the world. It airs on Saturdays from 5-8pm. Previously, Chris Rock sought out Grandmaster Flash to serve as Musical Director for the groundbreaking HBO Series, The Chris Rock Show. He remained in that role for five years.
In addition to his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as the very first Hip Hop artist so honored—Grandmaster Flash has been the recipient of many awards, including VH1 Hip Hop Honors; BET’s Icon Award; The Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA; and Bill Gates’ Vanguard Award.
Grandmaster Flash takes his DJ innovations into the future by sponsoring what he calls the best DJ fun and friendly digital application in the market today - "Traktor Scratch" by Native Instruments. The program accents the techniques, flips, tricks, and switches that Flash introduced to the world 30+ years ago.
The Smithsonian Museum of American History in honor of Black History Moth has opened its exhibit RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture in which Grandmaster Flash along with other hip hop artist such as LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Common will be featured. The exhibition opened on February 8 and will be throughout October 8, 2008.