This week’s entry for “Mixtape Monday’s is called “Essential Mix: Classic Edition” by the legendary Grandmaster Flash (see free download link below). This mixtape is definitely one of my top 5 favorite mixtapes of all time. I used to play this CD so much that I had to buy another copy cause the original got worn out & scratched up. Originally released in 2002, the “Essential Mix” is a mix of classic R&B/B-Boy classics like “Rapture” by Blondie, “Before I Let Go” by Maze ft Frankie Beverly, “Give It Up Or Turn It Loose by James Brown, “Liquid Liquid” by Cavern”, I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz & many more.
If you grew up in New York during the early to mid 80′s & was at a neighborhood block party, the songs featured on this mixtape would’ve been the music blasting out of every speaker. One of the founding fathers of hip hop & considered one of the greatest Hip-Hop DJ’s of all time, Flash is also responsible for developing & perfecting the following DJ techniques that are still practiced to this day: Cutting, Back Spinning & Punch-Phrasing.Because of Flash’s pioneering skills as a dj, it has been said that he was able to transform the turntable into a musical instrument. But of all the achievements he’s accomplished in the past 35 years of his career, the best had to be was when he (along with his group “The Furious Five”) was the first Hip-Hop/Rap group to be inducted into the “Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame” back in 2007.
Still to this day you can catch Flash performing live at nightclubs throughout the world. As a matter of fact, if you happen to be in Vegas this coming Wednesday, June 30th, you can see him spinning alongside Knyew’s own DJ Crooked at Lavo Nightclub for our weekly “Oldschool Wednesday” party in the Palazzo Hotel & Casino. Many thanks to Grandmaster Flash for not only providing us with this week’s mixtape but for also being a trailblazer in Hip-Hop & making it possible for DJ’s (like myself) to sustain a career in this industry. Enjoy Knyewtrons…Neva