On this day, August 5, in hip-hop history…
Legendary DJ and radio host, Funkmaster Flex, turns 45 today! After seeing him perform at clubs like The Tunnel, Home Bass and Mecca, A young Flex was hired by regional vice president Joel Salkowitz at New York’s Hot 97 to host a radio show on Saturday nights boosting the flagging station’s ratings. Thus, Flex became instrumental in transforming Hot 97 into the first pop station in the city to showcase hip-hop and rap.
From there, Flex became a ubiquitous presence in rap music from his signature “bomb drops” on debuting new records, to hosting mixtapes and television appearances. Flex is arguably the most accomplished rap DJ in the history of the medium having a career that has stretched from 1992 until today as Hot 97′s signature DJ.
We at XXL salute you Flex and want to wish you very happy birthday!