Grandmaster Caz

95_caz archive photos 041 Curtis Brown (born April 17, 1961), better known by his stage name Grandmaster Caz or Cassanova Fly is an American “Old Skool” rapper, MC, and DJ.

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.

Early life

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.

Career

Caz first encountered rap in 1974 at a Kool Herc block party. GMcaz

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A 2009 book claims that the lyrics for The Sugar Hill Gang‘s seminal Rapper’s Delight were plagiarized from the then-unpublished Caz’s lyrics.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.

Recognition

350617 In 1998, Caz was listed #11 out of Blaze Magazine’s Top 50 MCs of all Time.

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.

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