Celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop
Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge!
Grandmaster Flash rose to fame in the 70s and 80s and is a pioneer of hip hop music, now he is celebrating 50 incredible years of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5. Join us for a night of hip hop with an absolute trailblazer, plus some special guest sets.
About Grandmaster Flash
Few names have become as well known across the globe as that of Grandmaster Flash. Not only is he one of the originators of Hip-Hop and a worldwide musical cultural phenomenon, but his pioneering use of the turntables make him the first DJ to play the turntables as a musical instrument elevating the status of the DJ to a masterful, artistic position.
His group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went multi-Platinum with their single, “The Message.” The group’s fame continued to grow with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is” and many more. Punk and new wave fans were introduced to Flash through Blondie, who immortalized him in her hit, “Rapture.”
The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame also recognized Flash with an honor no one else in hip hop has received: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
On top of his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Flash has been the recipient of many awards, including Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; VH1 Hip Hop Honors; The Icon Award from BET in honor of his contribution to Hip Hop as a DJ; The Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA; Bill Gates’ Vanguard Award; International Award – Polar Music Prize; Global Spin Awards Lifetime Achievement Award; The Bronx Walk of Fame and The Rock Walk Award.
Clips & Videos
"The Message" is one of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's most famous hits. It was released in 1982 and was an early prominent hip hop song to provide social commentary.
"The Message" took rap music from the house parties of its origin to the social platforms later developed by groups like Public Enemy and KRS-One.