Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are synonymous with the birth of hip hop.
Flash was the group's mastermind, and in the late 1970s, the group's performances in New York public parks and nightclubs helped give hip hop its identity.
He chronicles his life and career in the book, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats. Listen to more of the interview here.
In the video excerpt below, Grandmaster Flash explains how he first became curious about the mechanics of sound and how his pioneering nature led him to revolutionize the DJ scene.