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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 07: Grandmaster Flash attends Netflix’s FYSEE Kick-Off Event at Netflix FYSee Space on May 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

Hip Hop Pioneer Promises A Good Time In The Name Of Charity

DJ legend Grandmaster Flash is bringing the history of hip hop to the masses during the second annual Barefoot Ball in NYC’s Bryant Park this month.

More than 2,000 are expected to attend the ball July 26, where Grandmaster Flash will man the DJ turntables for an interactive edutainment style showcase.

Using multimedia, the Grandmaster said he’ll show guests important places around NYC that inspired hip-hop, as well as close-ups of his hands while he works his magic on the records.

“I have to be a professor as well as an entertainer that evening,” the Bronx native told BOSSIP. “I want you guys to experience where those things came from.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Grandmaster Flash performs at Enmore Theatre on January 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/WireImage)

DJing, or extending a five to 10-second song clip into a three-minute tune, is considered one of the three pillars of hip hop, along with graffiti and breakdancing, Flash said.

Flash, who has DJ’d for more than 40 years and is considered one of the founder’s of the art form, said he surprised that so many people – and especially young people – know so little about the origins of hip hop.

“I find it important that I play this style of music, not just to jam, but to educate,” Flash said. “There are so many 18-year-olds who don’t have a clue.”

The proceeds from the dinner and show will help pay for the more than 1,000 free programs that Bryant Park hosts each year.

For more information, visit Bryant park’s website.



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