He currently works as a celebrity tour guide for Hush Hip Hop Tours, a hip-hop cultural sightseeing tour company in New York City and is a Board member of The Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture.
Grandmaster Caz was born in The Bronx, New York.
In his early years, he went by his adopted parents last name as Curtis Fisher, however his legal name has always been Curtis Brown.
Shortly after, he teamed with DJ Disco Wiz under the name Casanova Fly to form one of the first DJ Crews, Mighty Force.
Caz was also the first rapper to perform both DJ (Record) and MC (Vocal) duties.
In the late 1970s, he joined The Cold Crush Brothers.
In 2008, he was one of the participants at the Cornell University Library conference on Hip Hop.
Artists who cite Grandmaster Caz as an influence include Big Daddy Kane and Cory Gunz.
Sugar Hill Gang Controversy
A 2009 book claims that the lyrics for The Sugar Hill Gang‘s seminal Rapper’s Delight were plagiarized from the then-unpublished Caz’s lyrics.
In 2000, he set his account of the controversy in the song MC Delight.
He claims in the song that he wrote the lyrics of Big Bank Hank, who had been the manager of his band, but never received any royalties or thanks for it.
He was also inducted into the Technics DJ Hall of Fame in 1999.
In June 2008, Grandmaster Caz was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.
A street plaque bearing his name is now on permanent display on the Grand Concourse, the most famous thoroughfare in the Bronx.
Posted on April 26, 2013, in Bios and tagged bronx, cassanova fly, curtis brown, curtis fisher, grandmaster caz, hall of fame, kool herc, mc delight, sugarhill gang, the cold crush brothers, walk of fame. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.