Grandmaster Flash has left an indelible, impossible-to-miss mark on hip hop, popular music and DJing. A key party-rocker in rap's nascent South Bronx days, Flash is credited with inventing the cross-fader using discarded electronic parts found in a local junkyard. Later, as leader of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, he was behind two seminal records: "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," an instrumental turntable solo that marked the first time scratching was recorded on wax; and "The Message," the hugely influential prototype for all socio-political rap to follow. Flash and the Furious Five were the first hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, in 2007.
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