Grandmaster Flash;DJ / Producer of Barbadian origin, he moved with his family to New York City in the early 1960s. Flash was influenced by the block parties and their DJs in his Bronx neighborhood. He took DJ Kool Herc’s “merry go round” technique (which consisted of taking the break off of a record and looping it) and then added Grand Wizard Theodore’s scratch technique and merged both styles into each other. This was later referred to as ‘cutting the break’. Flash took his new style to the block parties in the mid 70s and after early failures he added several MCs to hype the crowd.