Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Grandmaster Flash in session...on BBC Radio 1

Last weekend the legendary Grandmaster Flash was in the BBC Radio 1 studios in London talking to Rob Da Bank. And he flashed F-I-V-E mixes!! that capture his favorite music over past four decades for the UK fans to rock (and study!)

Rob Da Bank sums it up: "From back in the day to present day; old skool hip hop all the way through to dubstep!" You can see the tracklisting below for all 5 mixes. Word!

Grandmaster Flash, adidas party @ Winter Music Conference 2002

If you don't know the history of hip hop (rap) then listen up. Flash takes you back to the beginnings of his own fascination with his Dad's record collection, how he innovated with the turntable and multi-channel mixer, and his own inspirations in the days of MCing before the term rap was coined! Yes, that's old skool!

Each of the five mixes showcases a musical period or genre. Find out why the Flash describes the UK's dubstep as "Transformers on steroids!"

Grandmaster Flash Mix 1 "I'm still in search of the perfect beat...let's go back to the breakbeat days"

  • The O Jays — You Got To Give The People - Philadelphia International
  • Falco — Rock Me Amadeus - A&M Records
  • Ac/Dc — Back in Black - Columbia
  • Billy Squier — Hear That Sound - Capitol
  • Bob James — Take Me To The Mardi Gras - Columbia
  • James Brown — Funky Drummer - King 

Grandmaster Flash Mix 2 "People of all colors...all jammin' in one room...the culture grows"

  • Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (omitted from original listing)
  • Zapp - More Bounce to the Ounce (omitted from original listing)
  • Nu Shooz — I Can't Wait - Atlantic
  • Tom Tom Club — Genius of Love - Sire
  • Queen — Another One Bites The Dust - EMI
  • Chic — Good Times - Atlantic
  • David Bowie — Let’s Dance - virgin

Grandmaster Flash Mix 3 "Although hip hop was a East Coast thing...the West Coast made a statement"

  • dead prez — Hip Hop - Loud
  • Luniz — I Got 5 On It - Noo Trybe
  • 2Pac — Kepp Your Heads Up - Interscope
  • Coolio — Gangsta Paradise - Tommy Boy
  • Jay-Z — Whats My Name - Roc-A-Fella
  • Dr. Dre — Forget About Dre - Interscope
  • Digable Planets — Rebirth of Slick (Like Dat) - Elektra Records
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard — Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Elektra
  • KRS-One — Sound of The Police - Conscious
  • The Notorious B.I.G. — Juicy - Bad Boy Entertainment
  • Arrested Development — Everyday People - Chrysalis
  • LL Cool J — Rock The Bells - Def Jam
  • Cypress Hill — Insane In The Brain - Ruffhouse Records
  • Naughty by Nature — Hip Hop Hooray - Big Life
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five — The Message - Sugar Hill Records
  • The Sugarhill Gang — Rappers delight - Sugar Hill Records
  • Snap! — The Power - Logic Records

Grandmaster Flash Mix 4 "When Dancehall came into New York you had to incorporate it into your set"

  • Junior Reid — One Blood - Big Life
  • Beenie Man — Ole Dawg Like Wi - Island Jamaica
  • Beenie Man — Who Am I - Island Jamaica
  • Elephant Man — Nuh Linga - Bad Boy
  • Beenie Man — Memories - Island Jamaica
  • Mavado — So Special - VP Records
  • Tanto Metro & Devonte — Everyone Falls In Love - Relentless Records
  • Beenie Man — World Dance - Island Jamaica
  • Spragga Benz — We Nuh Like - VP Records

Grandmaster Flash Mix 5 "We took the sound of hip hop and flipped it...we call it dubstep"


  • Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses — Sweet Child of Mine (Dubstep remix) - Geffen
  • Dizzee Rascal — Bonkers (Doorly Dubstep Remix) - Dirtee Stank Recordings
  • Doctor P — Sweetshop - Circus Recordings
  • TC — Where’s My Money (Caspa Mix) - White
  • Caspa — Back For The First Time - Sub Soldiers
  • Lupe Fiasco — Kick Push (Heist DnB Mix) - Atlantic
  • Unknown Artist — Unknown Track - White
  • Unknown Artist — Unknown Track - White
  • Ini Kamoze — Out In The Streets They Call It Murder (Stantons Mix) - Columbia
  • Nerd — Everyone Nose - Dn B Mix
  • Mark Ronson and The Business Intl — Bang Bang Bang (Mix) - Sony
  • Unknown Artist — Unknown Track - White
  • Unknown Artist — Unknown Track - White
  • Unknown Artist — Unknown Track - White

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2 Comments:

Blogger pascal swinkels said...

he also plays a dubstep remix of dead prez bigger than hiphop that i don't see nowhere in the lists? which one?

2:30 AM  
Blogger Stevio said...

Pascal - Have you checked out Youtube for this tune? I don't know if it was an official remix or a bootleg. I'd check out the Dubstep forum for answers too. Thanks for posting.

2:22 PM  

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