Joseph Saddler ( Barbados , January 1 1958 ) is a DJ with nickname Grandmaster Flash is one of the pioneers of hip-hop . During the 70's in the Bronx ( New York ), he makes two copies of an album of new songs by the drum solos (breaks) to mix together. He himself claims to be the first to do this, although Kool DJ Herc , according to many, it was already doing.

Grandmaster Flash is considered to be the first to repeat these breaks by pushing the plate with his hand forward and backward. He calls this technique "cutting", later the " scratching called. He is also the first DJ who while running pulls stunts like standing backwards and scratching the boards behind his back.

The "Apache Break" is one of the most famous breaks that created Grandmaster Flash. This is based on the number of Apache Incredible Bongo Band .

With his group The Furious Five brings it in 1981. The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel, on which he shows his DJ skills. In 1982 she scored a hit with The Message, in which the difficulties of life in the black ghetto 's ge raps is. This is seen as the first hip-hop album with a strong social message.

In 1983 he appeared in the documentary film Wild Style .

In 2007 it was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the first hip-hop group ever was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame .

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Comments The Message 1982
Greatest Messages 1984
They Said It Could not Be Done 1985
The Source 1986
Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang 1987
On the Strength 1988
Salsoul Jam 2000 1997
The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash 2002
Essential Mix: Classic Edition 2002
Mixing Bullets and Firing Joints 2005
Safety First / Watch Yourself 2007
The Bridge 2009