“I’m a scientist,” Grandmaster Flash told a rapt audience at a screening for BET’s “Master Of The Mix” reality series.
The televised contest between DJ Scratch, Vikter Duplaix, DJ Revolution, DJ Mars, Jazzy Joyce, DJ Rap and Rich Medina was previewed for a group of guests which included host Just Blaze and Master Judge Kid Capri. But even with all of the hip-hop heavyweights in the room there is one man they all paid homage to.
In the video below hip-hop’s first producer explains the technical innovations he implemented with turntables that we now take for granted.
“What I noticed was that [DJs] would pick up the tone arm to attempt to arrive at the top of the break…if you put a record up in the light you’d see that it has many,many grooves. The chance of you dropping that needle on that particular area, every single time, with duplicate records, is almost impossible. So I said to myself ‘there has to be a way…’