Funkmaster Flex: The Multi-Faceted Maestro of Hip-Hop
From spinning records to starring in video games, Funkmaster Flex has become an undeniable force in the hip-hop world. Let’s dive deep into the life of this iconic DJ, rapper, record producer, and host.
The Early Days
Born Aston George Taylor Jr. on August 5, 1968, in the Bronx, New York City, Flex’s roots trace back to Jamaican immigrant parents. Growing up in a religious household, he got his first taste of DJing at local nightclubs at 16. With a DJ father, music was in his blood.
Rise in the Radio Realm
Flex’s radio journey began alongside Chuck Chillout at WRKS 98.7 Kiss-FM. In 1992, he joined Hot 97, transforming it into New York’s first pop station prominently featuring rap. His signature “bomb drop” sound effect and unforgettable mixes continue to influence Hot 97, with his shows syndicated nationally.
Digital Domination with InFlexWeTrust.com
In 2010, Flex launched InFlexWeTrust.com, a treasure trove for fans featuring exclusive audio, video, and MP3s of artist freestyles, along with entertainment news.
Taking Over the Television Scene
Flex has made his mark on TV, hosting MTV’s ‘Funk Flex Full Throttle’ and appearing on VH1’s ‘This Is Hot 97.’
The Grand Car Show Tour
An aficionado of custom cars, Flex promotes his annual “Funkmaster Flex Custom Car & Bike Show Tour,” featuring top-tier artists and a mix of car competitions, talent searches, sneaker battles, and DJ face-offs.
Video Game Ventures
Flex has lent his voice to video games like ‘Quest for the Code’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto.’ He’s also featured in ‘Def Jam Vendetta’ and ‘NBA 2K18.’