The Art of Storytelling: A Hip Hop Time Capsule

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  • Illmatic cassette
  • Motorola 2-Way Pager
  • Grandmaster Flash's First Mixer
  • Biggie's Coogi Sweater
  • Run DMC
  • Flavor Flav
  • Flavor Flav
  • Lil Wayne's Skateboard
  • Jay-Z
  • ARMY HHA12 ArtOfStorytelling FbCover
  • Biggie, Jay-Z, Flavor Flav
  • "Rapper's Delight" 12-Inch
  • Boom Box

Grandmaster Flash's First Mixer

Sometimes hip hop has even driven technological innovation in a more hands-on way. Myth has it that Grandmaster Flash, for example, built the first DJ mixer with a cross fader using parts from Radio Shack and a junkyard. We've included that Frankenstein-ed mixer here: Not only does it show hip hop's talent for making lemonade out of lemons, but it reps for DJs, the foundation and curators of the culture.

(Photo: David Corio/Redferns)

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