Grandmaster Flash is out with the video to his new single ‘Swagger’, featuring Snoop Dogg, Red Cafe and Lynn Carter. ‘Swagger’ is the lead single from the first Grandmaster Flash album in over 20 years entitled ‘The Bridge’, out on Strut March 3rd in the US and February 23rd internationally. Watch it via YouTube below.
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Jay-Z were on hand for the 22nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday (March 12) at Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Check out pictures from PRPhotos, FilmMagic (pressroom / show), RexFeatures (page1 / page2), GettyImages (show / pressroom), and WireImage.
Busta Rhymes, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Grandmaster Flash, and Too Short were on hand for the Diddy & Tracy McGrady Host The Official All-Star Kickoff Party at JET Nightclub at The Mirage on February 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pictures at WireImage have since been removed.
Grandmaster Flash, Busta Rhymes, Fab 5 Freddy, DJ KaySlay, and Just Blaze attended the 10th Annual Justo’s Mixtape Awards on Thursday (December 7) at Apollo Theater in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
WireImage has Grandmaster Flash portraits from a MIDEM 2004 photo session on Monday (January 26) at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Check out the pictures here.
With the huge worldwide success of the Black Eyed Peas latest single ‘Where Is The Love?’, the band has received some scrutiny for “selling out”, but member Will.i.am tells Ricardo Baca of the Denver Post anyone who thinks he’s sold out doesn’t know jack. “Hip-hop is supposed to be popular,” Will.i.am said. “If hip-hop was never supposed to be popular, then Grandmaster Flash would never have DJ’ed in Manhattan. He would have stayed in Queens or Brooklyn or wherever he was from. If hip-hop was never supposed to be popular, Run-D.M.C. would have never made ‘My Adidas,’ Russell Simmons would have never started Def Jam, hip-hop would have never made it to Germany, they would have never sampled a disco song and rapped to it, the Sugar Hill Gang would have never made it (expletive) hip-hop-a-hippity-hip-hip-hop-a-you-stop-a-rockin.’ Hip-hop, in my opinion, was never supposed to be underground.”
Billboard.com chatted with hip-hop’s pioneer DJ Grandmaster Flash, and asked him about how the MC has in recent years taken the crown away from DJ’s in hip hop. “The DJ played an extremely important role for setting the atmosphere before the MCs would come on,” he explained. “A lot of people in the media fail to realize that if they don’t teach people where this comes from, they’ll never know. It saddens me that kids who are into rock’n’roll know the Rolling Stones and Elvis. They know where rock’n’roll came from. But in hip-hop, the masses don’t really know that in 1971, hip-hop was created by a DJ. If Herc didn’t do that, we might not have this. There are only a handful of us who still have our prominence, like Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri, Funk Master Flex, Qbert and myself. Maybe two handfuls that have real prominence, yet there are thousands of MCs who have prominence, and that saddens me.”
Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and wife Felicia, Doug E. Fresh, and 3LW were on hand at The Source Magazine Celebrates 15 Years of Hip Hop History on Tuesday (July 29) at Manahatta in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.