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Grand Wizard Theodore (left).
Grand Wizard Theodore (left).

Grand Wizard Theodore (real name Theodore Livingston), also known as GrandWizzard Theodore or DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, is an African-American hip hop DJ. He is widely credited as the inventor of scratching.[1][2] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1224, 1733 KB) Summary NYC hip-hop historian and enthusiast Shawn G. Chittle (left) with the creator of the record scratch, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore (right) at a hip-hop club in NYC. The t-shirt Chittle is wearing was printed... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1224, 1733 KB) Summary NYC hip-hop historian and enthusiast Shawn G. Chittle (left) with the creator of the record scratch, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore (right) at a hip-hop club in NYC. The t-shirt Chittle is wearing was printed... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce sounds for some types of music. ...


Theodore's brother, Mean Jean, was Theodore's mentor, and he began teaching him DJing before Theodore was even a teen. In addition to scratching, he achieved renown for his mastery of needle drops and other techniques which he invented or perfected. Theodore also apprenticed under Grandmaster Flash.[2] The needle drop is a technique used in hip hop deejaying, probably originated by Grand Wizard Theodore. ... Joseph Saddler (born January 1, 1958 in Bridgetown, Barbados), better known as Grandmaster Flash, is a hip hop musician and DJ; one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. ...


In the 1980s, Theodore was a part of the band Grandwizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five. They released "Can I Get a Soul Clap" in 1980. He was also featured in the 1983 film Wild Style, as well as contributing to the film's soundtrack. He explains the origin of the scratch in the documentary film Scratch.[2] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grandwizard Thedore & the Fantastic Five was an old school hip hop group, best known for their 12 Can I Get A Soul Clap (1980). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Wild Style (disambiguation). ... Scratch is a 2001 documentary film, directed by Doug Pray, that examines cultural and historical perspectives on the birth and evolution of hip-hop disc jockeys (DJs), scratching and turntablism and includes interviews with some of hip-hops most famous and respected DJs. ...


Grand Wizard Theodore's mixing style is still innovative, as he does not simply stick to baby scratches and cuts - his mix sets sound similar to extended DMC routines, using all of the current up to date DJ tricks and styles. This is in contrast with other old school DJs, such as Grandmaster Flash or Kool Herc, whose mixing style and music selection has remained basically unchanged for the past 30 years.[2] Joseph Saddler (born January 1, 1958 in Bridgetown, Barbados), better known as Grandmaster Flash, is a hip hop musician and DJ; one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. ... Categories: People stubs | Hip hop musicians | Hip hop DJs | 1955 births ...


References

  1. ^ David Dye. "NPR: The Birth of Rap: A Look Back", NPR, February 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d Steve Huey. Grand Wizard Theodore. All Music Guide.

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Grand Wizard Theodore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (154 words)
Grand Wizard Theodore is an African American hip hop DJ, known for scratching and needle drops, and other techniques which he invented.
Mean Jean Theodore's brother, was Theodore's mentor, and he began teaching him DJing before he was even a teen.
In the 1980s, Theodore was a part of the band Grandwizard Theodore and the Fantastic Five.
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