Grandmaster Flash



  • Birth Name: Joseph Robert Saddler
  • Birth Place: Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/01/1958, Capricorn
  • Profession: Rap artist; DJ
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Grandmaster Flash Fast Facts:
  • Uncle is Sandy Saddler, the featherweight boxing champion of the world in 1950.
  • Credited with innovating DJ techniques such as the double-back, back-door, back-spin, cuttin', transforming, Clock Theory and phasing and is considered one of the pioneers of rap and hip-hop culture.
  • Was the musical director for The Chris Rock Show on HBO from 1997 to 2000.
  • Performed during the festivities for Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.
  • In 2002, performed during the closing ceremonies at the Commonwealth games in Manchester, England, which included Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebration.
  • Received the DJ Vanguard Award in 2004 for innovating turntable DJing as a musical instrument.
  • Received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement award from the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 along with the Furious Five.
  • Released his memoir, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash – My Life My Beat, in 2008.
  • Featured in a Smithsonian exhibit entitled RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture.
  • Grandmaster Flash Relationships:
  • Joseph Saddler Jr. - Son
  • Christina Jester - Daughter
  • Tawanna - Daughter
  • Lalonnie - Daughter
  • Violet - Sister
  • Joseph Saddler - Father
  • Keith - Son
  • Angelique - Ex-significant Other
  • Kareem - Son
  • Lilly - Sister
  • Carmetta - Sister
  • Jean - Ex-significant Other
  • Regina Johnson Saddler - Mother
  • Penny - Sister
  • Joseph "Sandy" Saddler - Uncle
  • Paulette Dawson - Ex-significant Other

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