The Get Down

Electronic Music, Hip Hop and the Struggle of NYC

Back in 2017, Joseph Saddler, a.k.a Grandmaster Flash had a masterclass session with HOT97 (1), a classic hip-hop oriented media brand in the US, where he demonstrated the concept that secured his place as the founder of a great many things. Somewhere within this session, the Grandmaster diverts into some dialogue about the history of Hip-Hop which implies that a debate exists within the Hip-Hop community as to who and where exactly the culture comes from. To paraphrase: “you can Hip-Hop however you want, that’s okay, I can’t pass judgement, but you have to remember that until I did these things with the turntable, there was no continuous beat, so there were no rappers”.