Last month it was announced that Grandmaster Flash was being recognized by the Sweden’s Polar Prize committee for his contribution to music (dubbed the Nobel Prize of Music). If you’re reading this and your scratching your head, asking yourself ” Who is Grandmaster Flash?” you’re in a safe space, let us help you.
Joseph Sandler aka Grandmaster Flash is known for his unique scratching and mixing DJ style, that was birth in New York’s block parties. Who is the God Father of hip hop is still being debated today, but most hip hop historians leans towards DJ Grandmaster Flash. Then in 1979, he joined a group of rappers becoming a part of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and released the hip hop classic, The Message  and the rest is history.
The Polar Prize come with a cash grant of $130,000 cash grant.
“This thing that I did had not existed before, and I am one of many where I come from. It ended up being called hip-hop, taking the drum break from pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, disco, R&B, and using duplicate copies of records. I would take one section and repeat it over and over again. This self-made music bed served for the break-dancers, and later, for the MC’s.” Said the hip hop pioneer during his acceptance speech.
That’s what’s popping this Wednesday.