Today, Aug. 5, is the birthday of legendary DJ and radio personality, Funkmaster Flex. He is now 50 years of age.

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 in order to boost the lagging 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 an 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.

Flex is still quick to co-sign a hot MC when the rapper proves he has bars. Some of Flex's latest co-signs include A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Moneybagg Yo. In April 2017, Funk Flex was officially inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.

Happy Birthday, Flex!

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