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Grandmaster Flash on The Strombo Show: full interview
By
Colton Eddy

Published

October 6, 2014

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George Stroumboulopoulos welcomed hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash into his home for an intimate chat on The Strombo Show.

Flash is a pioneering hip-hop icon, one of the genre's first and most innovative DJs. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first hip-hop/rap groups honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his styles and techniques continue to be unparalleled today. George and Flash riffed on the rapper's celebrated career, his relationship with God and his thoughts about modern hip-hop artists like Drake.

"Oh my goodness [Drake] is totally amazing with a pen. He can visualize what he's saying to you. He's totally incredible," Flash told George. "He was already killer before he signed any deal, he was Toronto's biggest secret until somebody said, 'Listen, we need to put you in an arena of people. We need to put you in a recording studio so you can take this gift and show the world.'"

Watch the complete, unedited interview with the godfather of hip-hop below.

Part 1

Part 2

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show each and every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.