Grand­mas­ter Flash

The mu­sic leg­end throws an au­dio-vis­ual block party for the his­tory of Hip Hop

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - CULTURE MUSIC -

With Hip Hop en­ter­ing some­thing re­sem­bling ma­tu­rity, it pays to re­mem­ber its roots – those heady days when pi­o­neer­ing mu­si­cians were still defin­ing the genre. For­tu­nately, the sem­i­nal found­ing fa­ther Grand­mas­ter Flash is hold­ing a master class with his lat­est event Hip Hop, Peo­ple, Places and Things, an au­dio-vis­ual trip down mem­ory lane to tickle any B-boy’s fancy. Orig­i­nat­ing from the South Bronx, Flash de­vel­oped mix­ing tech­niques on vinyl and in­cor­po­rated beats, sam­ples and scratch­ing dur­ing block par­ties in the 1970s; with MCS like Melle Mel and Keef Cow­boy among oth­ers rap­ping along­side his Djing, the mu­si­cal fab­ric of Hip Hop was born. To­gether with his group, Grand­mas­ter Flash and the Fu­ri­ous Five, he was the first Hip Hop act en­tered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other ac­co­lades in­clude an in­duc­tion into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Ur­ban Mu­sic Awards’ Life­time Achieve­ment, as well as oth­ers. Due to his in­flu­en­tial con­tri­bu­tions to Hip Hop, the New York Times dubbed him the “first vir­tu­oso” of the genre. The (grand)master now takes a look back at the styles he helped cre­ate in his in­ter­ac­tive, block party-style show, shar­ing the tricks and tech­niques of DJS that nor­mally go un­no­ticed, ex­pos­ing the ge­nius be­hind the grooves.

Feb 20, 22:00, Garten­baukino. 1., Parkring 12. garten­

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