The 50 Most Influential DJs

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  • Jam Master Jay
  • Funkmaster Flex
  • Afrika Bambaataa
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  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Jam Master Jay
  • 081712 music 50 djs DJ Babu
  • A-Trak
  • DJ Kay-Slay
  • DJ Whoo Kid
  • DJ Rob Swift
  • DJ Kool
  • DJ Scratch
  • DJ Cash Money
  • Mixmaster Mike
  • Roc Raida
  • DJ Qbert
  • Diplo
  • Beverly Bond
  • DJ Enuff
  • Terminator X
  • Mark Ronson
  • DJ Jazzy Joyce
  • DJ Green Lantern
  • 082012 music 50 most influential DJs DJ Jubilee
  • DJ Tim Westwood
  • DJ Ron G
  • 073012 music topic dj am
  • DJ Yella
  • Eric B
  • DJ Greg Street
  • DJ King Tech
  • DJ Stretch Armstrong
  • DJ Julio G
  • DJ Tony Touch
  • Mister Cee
  • DJ Michael "5000" Watts
  • The Awesome Two
  • Pete Rock
  • DJ Spinderella
  • DJ Khaled
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Marley Marl
  • DJ Drama
  • DJ Clue
  • DJ Screw
  • Grand Wizzard Theodore
  • DJ Premier
  • Kid Capri
  • Kool DJ Red Alert

1. Grandmaster Flash

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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