Grandmaster Flash is the grandaddy of Hiphop and Rap and 80’s funk and I start you off with:
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – The Message
This should be enough to explain Grand Master Flash and his influence on pretty much ever decent modern day rapper, focusing on a story rather then just whatever his complaints are for the day. From the funky acid bass lines to the heavy claps across the percussion mix and the classic disco synth going off on percussive hits really fillout the background for Grandmaster Flash’s lyrical flow.
“It’s lika jungle sometimes,
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.”
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – Its Nasty (Genius Of Love)
“Like dy-na-mite before it blows
Who needs a band when the beat just goes – boom!”
The only time in history in which flat-top haircuts were acceptable, but one of the earliest cases of turntables being featured even in the music video. Across the funky beat and quick short scratches more as a percussive element it’s quite the stylish track.
Grandmaster Flash – Style 1986
While lower quality then the other two songs but most likely just because the lossy-ness of the converter from the vhs over to digital, the song is still quite enjoyable.