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Grandmaster Flash was born on January 1

Legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash touched down on planet Earth as Joseph Saddler on New Year’s Day 1958. He came up in the Golden Era of hip-hop and got his start out of The Bronx. He is Bajan in descent and he connected with fellow immigrant to help spread the early gospel of hip-hop at house and block parties across NYC. He’s credited with originating the backspin.

and were a notorious crew of rappers that rose to prominence as culture garnered more attention. Flash persevered and has continued to move crowds as a predecessor of everything we know about hip-hop culture. His legacy was depicted as a character in the The Get Down.

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