By Mira Karlsson.
I believe that an iconic artist is someone that changes the history of music. An iconic artist is someone who inspires people and makes people change their thinking of something. It is someone who is special and that breaks the patterns. They do not do what everyone expects them to do. They don’t care what others think about them, they are doing their own race. Because of this, more people like them and get inspired by them.
Joseph Saddler, or also known as Grandmaster Flash was one of the first artists to start mixing with sounds. He was a little bit like one of the inventors of hip hop. He was a revolutionary rapper. Before he arose, there wasn’t really anyone who had started to rap in the way he did. In my opinion, this makes him an iconic artist.
He did also start a group named Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. They were all rappers and hip-hoppers and they were a big part of the development of hip hop music. They made many songs, one of them was “The Message”. You can say that this was kind of his major work, to start this group. It was mostly because of that he became so famous.
An artist is someone who creates something. It can be art or music. If you think about it, it is kind of the same thing. Music is a kind of an art. An artist should make me feel like I want to sing, dance or just feel good emotions. An artist is not the same thing as an iconic artist. An artist needs to create something that other people want to listen to or have a relationship with, while an iconic artist changes the whole thinking for someone.
I think that the best thing about Grandmaster Flash is that he didn’t care what others would think about him and what he created. He was like one of the first people doing that kind of music so he didn’t know if people would like it or not. That is also why he got iconic.
Many rappers are doing songs with a pretty rough language. Many rappers use profanities in their texts or talks about drugs and weapons. If children listen to this music they can learn bad things from it. They may think that it is okay to do these things. This also includes Grandmaster Flash, for example in the song “Message”. In a part of the song, it says, “Keep my hand on the gun, cause they got me on the run”. Even if it isn’t so rough, it can still affect children. The children think that it is okay to use and talk about guns. So that is a critic that I would give to Grandmaster Flash, to not have that bad language in his songs.
Grandmaster flash has influenced the rap a lot. The society has inherited his music style. The rap has improved and changed since then but if he wouldn’t develop the rap we would probably not be this far in rap music.
So my conclusion is that grandmaster flash was and is a very talented iconic artist. He is a special artist that do not care about other people's opinions. Because of him and many others, the rap has developed a lot.