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- Posted on Mar 1st 2007 7:09PM by Jessica Robertson
While most folks who are grounded in hip-hop history credit Bronx, New York, DJ Kool Herc with being the father of the genre, there's no denying that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were rap's Johnny Appleseeds -- the first to disseminate the sound to the musical mainstream. Long overdue, the group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proves that third time's the charm.
"The first time we were nominated, I was like, 'Yaaaay!'" Grandmaster Flash tells Spinner. "Then it was like, 'No, you're not going in.' Then, when we were nominated again, there was less of a 'Yay.' This time, I got a call the day before the announcement from someone on the board that we got in. I always thought it was impossible, that all the other organizations had embraced hip-hop, but that this particular organization wouldn't. It's bigger than Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, though. Hip-hop is in there now, and that's what really counts."
"I personally look at myself as a scientist, and I look at the Furious Five as innovators ahead of their time," he continues. "Ahead of our time, mostly. "
And the trailblazing troupe says there hasn't been a time when they felt the group didn't get well-deserved respect. "I can't remember a period of time when I wasn't mentioned by people who are asked about who inspired them," he says. "When I walk the street, kids who weren't even born when I was making records know who I am. It's a much bigger business now, of course, but it's wonderful to know that I created an industry."
Read our exclusive Q&A with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five