American Revolutionaries

Job #3821

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Job # 3821 American Revolutionaries

Posted Date
Jun 8, 2007 @ 22:44
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Jun 12, 2007
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English (North American)
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Job Description

Before Grandmaster Flash started tinkering with turntables in his bedroom in the late ‘70s, deejays hardly ever touched records. Flash did the opposite: he made the turntable into an instrument. He used a mixer to loop a part of the record over and over, allowing a deejay to rap over it. With his band, the Furious Five, he took his new sound out of the Bronx and brought it to the rest of the world. When they released The Message in ‘82, it blew away everything that had come before. It was the first rap record to really explore life in the ghetto. It sold half a million copies in the first month, and its chorus, “Don’t push me ‘cause I’m close to the edge,” became a hip-hop anthem. Rap musicians and deejays have been emulating Flash ever since. As one New York deejay put it, if hip-hop were a religion, Grandmaster Flash would be Jesus.

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