Grandmaster Flash releases first studio album in 20 years

On March 3rd, hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases, The Bridge, on Adrenaline City Entertainment via Strut. His first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra back in 1987. Recorded at Flash’s own Adrenaline Lab studio in New York during 2007-2008, the over-riding theme of the album is the global language of hip hop. Familiar faces appearing on the album include Busta Rhymes on the X-rated special, ‘Bounce Back’, A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-Tip, alongside Will Smith collaborator Kel Spencer and JUMZ on ‘Shine All Day’ and Snoop Dog alongside mixtape hero Red Cafe and Lyn Carter on the mid-tempo swayer, ‘Swagger’. Flash was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame during 2007.

Flash elaborates:
“As a DJ, I’ve been blessed to see many different people, places and styles. The album title represents all the bridges I’ve crossed worldwide.” “The bridges of time, cultures and colour, the bridges of hip hop, funk, pop, rock, jazz, punk, disco and R&B.” “Wherever I travel as a DJ, I see the incredible power of this artform,” Flash explains “I am constantly amazed by it. That’s the line that runs through the album – we speak many languages and come from many cultures but, wherever I go in the world, there is one universal culture of hip hop.” “As well as making an album for hip hop fans, I want this release to set the record straight,” says Flash. “There’s still confusion about who I am and what I do. A lot of people still think that I’m an MC – I am a DJ and a producer. This album contains a lot of the elements from the many countries and cultures I have experienced from pop to underground, from alternative to mainstream.”media:
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2. SHINE ALL DAY feat. Q-Tip, Kel Spencer & Jumz
3. WE SPEAK HIP HOP feat. KRS One, Afasi, Kase-O, Maccho & Abass
4. HERE COMES MY DJ feat. DJ Kool & DJ Demo
5. BOUNCE BACK feat. Busta Rhymes
6. SWAGGER feat. Red Café, Snoop Dogg & Lyn Carter
7. WHAT IF feat. KRS-One
10. CAN I TAKE YOU HIGHER feat. Mr Cheeks, Grandmaster Caz & Tito
11. GROWN & SEXY feat. Lordikim Allah
12. WHEN I GET THERE feat. Big Daddy Kane & Hedonis Da Amazon
14. I GOT SUMTHIN’ TO SAY feat. Lord Ikim Allah, J-Flo & Almighty Thor
15. UNPREDICTABLE feat. Syndee & Big Daddy Kane
16. THOSE CHIX feat. Byata, Princess Superstar & Hedonis Da Amazon
17. BRONX BOMBERS feat. Lordikim Allah, Almighty Thor & Mann Child
19. OH MAN (Intro)
20. OH MAN feat. Syndee & Natacha Atlas

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