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Funkmaster Flex

Not since the early '80s when DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa were acknowledged as two of rap's most popular figures had a hip-hop DJ attained such prominent status among the masses as New York's Funkmaster Flex. Throughout the 1990s he reigned over New York's mammoth rap scene, capable of making or breaking artists with his high-profile position at the top-rated radio station in America's top radio market, Hot 97. By the mid-'90s, he was also the weekly DJ at one of New York's top clubs, the Tunnel, and also had his radio show broadcasting on Los Angeles' Power 106, America's second largest radio market. Furthermore, Flex began releasing commercially successful mix albums in the mid-'90s, beginning with the first volume of the long-running 60 Minutes of Funk series. At the end of the decade, his popularity only continued to rise, landing him a coveted position on MTV with his own daily show, Direct Effect. Though hip-hop DJs such as Eric B and Terminator X had been recognizable names in the '80s and '90s, Funkmaster Flex was the first pure DJ without any affiliated MCs to match the popular success that early-'80s artists such as Grandmaster Flash had attained, harking back to the early days of hip-hop when the DJ overshadowed the MC. The son of a Jamaican DJ, Flex was born in Brooklyn as Aston Taylor and bought his first set of turntables at age 16, influenced by early New York hip-hop DJs such as DJ Red Alert. His radio career began at KISS-FM as an assistant to Chuck Chillout in the late '80s. When Chillout transferred to WBLS, Flex accompanied him and soon began spinning at clubs and parties, where people began to take note of his skills. Among those fascinated with his talents were the programming chiefs at Hot 97, who offered him a prominent role as one of the city's top hip-hop DJs. In 1995, he released his first major-label mix album, The Mix Tape, Vol. 1: 60 Minutes of Funk, and followed this album with two more volumes on Loud Records by the end of the '90s, along with an album on Def Jam, The Tunnel. In 2000, he mixed a collection of that year's biggest rap anthems for Arista, Vibe Hits, Vol. 1, and continued the 60 Minutes of Funk series. In addition to his duties as a radio DJ and as a successful album artist, Funkmaster Flex has also served as a remixer and host of the Spike TV series Ride with Funkmaster Flex. The 2005 album Funkmaster Flex Car Show Tour featured music from the successful series. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1.   Song
  2.   Biggie/Tupac Live Freestyle
  3.   If I Get Locked Up
  4.   Def Jam 2000
  5.   Thuun
  6.   Just a Touch
  7.   Six Million Ways to Die
  8.   Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
  9.   Shook Ones, Pt. 2 /Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit featuring Mobb Deep
  10.   Nuttin' But Flavor by Ghetto Celebs
  11.   Butterfly Style
  12.   Safe Sex, No Freaks
  13.   6 Minutes
  14.   Sad and Blue
  15.   6 Minutes
  16.   Hurry Hurry
  17.   Line of Fire
  18.   Dead Man Walking featuring Beanie Sigel
  19.   Okay featuring Big Kap
  20.   Biggie/Tupac Live Freestyle featuring 2Pac
  21.   Respect
  22.   Okay
  23.   Confrontation
  24.   Nuttin' But Flavor
  25.   KRS One Speech
  26.   No Joke/Follow Me
  27.   Freestyle
  28.   Birdcall
  29.   We Be Gettin' Chips
  30.   Birdcall
  31.   D.B.L.O.C.K.
  32.   Bring It Back
  33.   Op by Naughty by Nature
  34.   K.I.M. Interlude
  35.   Wow
  36.   For My Thugs
  37.   Dem Want War
  38.   Real G's
  39.   Jump Around
  40.   Put Your Hammer Down
  41.   Freestyle Over "Mona Lisa"
  42.   Puff Daddy Promo
  43.   Let's Be Specific
  44.   Flex Outro
  45.   True
  46.   Q.B.G. featuring Big Kap
  47.   Take It Easy featuring Ghetto Celebs
  48.   Hey Girlfriend Promo

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