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Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Grandmaster Flash

'Don't call it "scratching!" '


It is hard to say where hip-hop would be without Grandmaster Flash, who invented many fundamental techniques. The Bronx native shared his views straight after his 5-hour bus ride from Narita airport.

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JASON jENKINS

How much time do you spend on the road these days?

About 30 weeks a year. I'm off to Bangkok tomorrow.

You were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. Did you see that coming?

Who expects that? Is that the best question you've got?

Do you think that if you hadn't invented scratching . . .

Don't call it "scratching!" I hate that word. It's called "cutting."

OK. If you hadn't invented cutting, do you think someone might have about the same time?

I don't know. It took four years and a lot of experimentation, so I don't know.

You are also a touchstone in Fair Use and copyright issues: things such as remixes, mashups and sampling all stemmed from your work. Do people recognize you for this?

Of course they recognize me! I don't know what you've read, but I do more TV, radio and magazines now than ever.


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