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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Induction category: Performer

Biography

Grandmaster Flash (turntables; born January 1, 1958), Cowboy (vocals; born September 20, 1960, died September 8, 1989), Kidd Creole (vocals; born February 19, 1960), Melle Mel (vocals; born May 15, 1961), Raheim (vocals; born February 13, 1963), Mr. Ness/Scorpio (vocals; born October 12, 1960) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip-hop. Theirs was a pioneering union between one DJ and five rapping MCs. Grandmaster Flash (born Joseph Saddler) not only devised various techniques but also designed turntable and mixing equipment. Formed in the South Bronx, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were one of ...

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“This is bigger than me. This induction is total acceptance from one of the most prestigious music associations in the world…It’s a wonderful feeling to be remembered the architects that pioneered an idea that the whole world fell in love with. It is called hip hop.”

- Grandmaster Flash, 2007 Inductee from his website

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