Funkmaster Flex Biography
Funkmaster Flex is an American disc jockey, rapper, record producer and actor. He was born as Aston George Taylor Jr. He was the host on New York City’s Hot 97 radio station. Flex became the host of the first hip hop radio show on Hot 97 in New York. This was a pop radio station at the time. Flex is also known for The Last Castle (2001), Clockstoppers (2002) and New Jersey Drive (1995).
Funkmaster Flex Age
Flex was born on in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is 50 years old. Flex is the son of DJ and sound engineer Aston George Taylor Sr. His mother’s name is not disclosed.
Funkmaster Flex Education | Career
He was raised in a strict, religious household. At the age of 16, he began DJing at local nightclubs.
His radio career began at KISS-FM as an assistant to Chuck Chillout in the late ’80s. When Chillout transferred to WBLS, Flex accompanied him and soon began spinning at clubs and parties. People began to notice his skills. Among those fascinated with his talents were the programming chiefs at Hot 97. He offered him a prominent role as one of the city’s top hip-hop DJs.
Flex released his first major-label mix album, The Mix Tape, Vol. 1: 60 Minutes of Funk. He followed this album with two more volumes on Loud Records by the end of the ’90s, along with an album on Def Jam, The Tunnel. In 2000, he mixed a collection of that year’s biggest rap anthems for Arista, Vibe Hits, Vol. 1, and continued the 60 Minutes of Funk series.
He is well known for his signature “bomb drop” sound effect over records. Flex has also hosted television series such as Ride with Funkmaster Flex, All Muscle with Funkmaster Flex, Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex, Fast Machines with Funkmaster Flex, and Funk Flex Full Throttle. All the while, he remained on Hot 97.
Flex launched his news website InFlexWeTrust.com. He makes the audio, video, and mp3s of artist freestyles from his show exclusively available on the site. The site also posts entertainment news, music, cars, models, sports and technology. It joined the Complex media network in September 2012. It has been mentioned in songs, including Fabolous’ So NY.
Flex was arrested for allegedly pushing his wife Monica Joseph-Taylor and sending her threatening texts. As of 2014. Flex is battling his ex-girlfriend Haydee Diaz in court over child support for their son Dante. He also had a feud with rival NYC hip-hop radio station Power 105.1 and their radio personalities, including DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God.
A petition was started online to get Funkmaster Flex to step down from hosting his radio program on NYC’s Hot 97. Flex promised through a series of social media posts that he would air an exclusive premiere of Meek Mill’s answer diss track to rapper Drake’s “Charged Up” in the midst of their feud. During the actual broadcast on Monday, July 27.Funkmaster Flex
Flex was signed by a major record label, Loud Records, for a series of mixtapes entitled 60 Minutes of Funk. All four were certified gold by the RIAA in the US. In 1995 he formed The Flip Squad. Their self-titled debut LP was released on MCA in late 1998. In 1999, he released The Tunnel with Def Jam. Man, DMX, Nas and Snoop Dogg. He has worked with acts including Yvette Michele, Pras, DJ Kool, Armand Van Helden.
Flex first appeared on television in the early nineties on Yo! MTV Raps. He later did various hip-hop and automobile spots for MTV. He debuted his first television series, Ride with Funkmaster Flex on the Spike cable network. The show documented the subculture of cars popular in hip hop culture. Noteworthy moments in the series included a look into Diddy’s private jet and a visit to Eminem’s studio.
Flex later developed a one-off Spike TV show race event – The Funkmaster Flex Super Series Invitational. The race featured 60 late-model stock car drivers at The Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. Celebrities like Orange County Choppers, LL Cool J and Lil’ Kim were brought out to watch the event.
ESPN noticed Ride with Funkmaster Flex and decided to create a show with Flex focusing on custom cars and interviewing athletes from the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. Guests included Danica Patrick, Terrell Owens, and Jason Giambi. The show was called All Muscle with Funkmaster Flex and began airing early 2007.
He later hosted a second show called Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex premiered on ESPN. Car Wars asked different car customizers to modify existing vehicles for cash prizes. If featured automotive designers such as Patrick Schiavone, former Ford North American Truck & SUV Design Director and currently Vice President of Design at Whirlpool, Ford Explorer Exterior Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Louis D’erasmo of Valanca Auto Concepts.
For Fast Machines with Funkmaster Flex, Flex returned to Spike TV to focus on making muscle and modern car customization for celebrities. Examples included a 1955 Chevy Bel Air for Dale Earnhardt Jr., a 1966 Pontiac GTO for Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine and a 1970 Chevy Chevelle for the U.S. Marines. It also featured an interview with Royal Purple race driver Kathryn Minter.
Flex returned to MTV with a new show – Funk Flex Full Throttle. The show featured Flex interviewing hip-hop artists and customizing cars; either on location at Spring Break, the New York Auto Show or in his garage. Full Throttle also integrated reality elements as Flex directed his team of car customizers at various builds and allowed viewers inside the lifestyle of Hip-Hop stars. In 2014, Funkmaster Flex appeared on VH1 as part of the reality show This Is Hot 97.
Car Show Tour
Taylor developed and promotes an annual eight-city Funkmaster Flex Custom Car & Bike Show Tour. It has had featured artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Fabolous. Each stop showcases customized cars in competition for cash prizes and model and recording talent search. In 2010, he added the Funkmaster Flex Lifestyle Expo which included sneaker and DJ battles, video game competitions, skateboard demos.
He also displays some of his personal collection of roughly 40 muscle cars at each stop of the tour.
Flex is a featured DJ on The Beat 102.7 in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. He is a celebrity adversary and an unlockable free agent fullback in season mode of ESPN NFL 2K5. He also has an unlockable team, the Baurtwell Funkmasters. Flex was an unlockable character and in-game narrator in Def Jam Vendetta.
Flex is also mentioned in the prelude of NBA 2K18 when talking to ATM (CPU character).
Funkmaster Flex Wife | Dating | Girlfriend
Flex was previously married to Monica Joseph-Taylor. He was arrested for allegedly pushing his wife in 2011. Flex is battling his ex-girlfriend Haydee Diaz in court over child support for their son Dante.
Funkmaster Flex Discography
- The Mix Tape, Vol. 1 (1995)
- The Mix Tape, Vol. II (1997)
- The Mix Tape, Vol. III (1998)
- The Tunnel (1999)
- The Mix Tape, Vol. IV (2000)
- Car Show Tour (2005)
- Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself? (2013)
Funkmaster Flex Vol 2
The Mix Tape, Vol. II is the second installment in Funkmaster Flex’s Mix Tape series, released on February 11, 1997, through Loud Records. Like his previous Mix Tape release, the albums is a compilation of freestyles and previously released songs mixed together by Funkmaster Flex.
Funkmaster Flex The Mixtape Vol 3
The Mix Tape, Vol. III is the third installment in Funkmaster Flex’s Mix Tape series, released on August 11, 1998, through Loud Records. It was billed as The Final Chapter of the series, however, the series returned two years later with a fourth installment.
Funkmaster Flex Vol 4
The Mix Tape, Vol. IV is the fourth installment in DJ Funkmaster Flex’s Mix Tape series (fifth release overall), released on December 5, 2000, through Loud Records. This installment was a departure from Flex’s previous Mix Tape releases, which consisted of freestyles mixed with previously released songs. This, however, was mostly made up of original songs with original production with Funkmaster Flex providing the DJ mix.
Funkmaster Flex Song
- Freestyle 1998
- If I Get Locked U 1999
- ILL Bomb
- O.A.T. · 2000
- Biggie/Tupac Live Freestyle 1999
- Here We Go 1998
- We in Here 1999
- Real G’s 1999
- My Lifestyle 2002
- Six Million Ways To Die
- Sad And Blue b/w Six Million Ways To Die · 2007
- Confrontation 1999
- If I Get Locked Up 1999
- Butterfly Style
- Nuttin’ But Flavor · 2005
- Def Jam 2000 1999
- QBG 1999
- Sad and Blue
- Sad And Blue b/w Six Million Ways To Die · 2007
- Flex Outro 1995
- Live at the Tunnel 1999
- For My Thugs 1999
- 10% DIS 1998
- Dem Want War 1999
- Hey Girlfriend Promo 1995
- Respect 1999
- Good Life/ Funkmaster Flex 2000
- I.M. 1999
- Dope on Plastic 2011
- The Way We Roll 2005
- Talk Of New York 2005
- Talking Sideways 2005
- Just A Touch 2005
- Bird Call 2005
- Can’t Ride Like Me 2005
- Do You/Funkmaster Flex 2000
Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes Of Funk | The Mix Tape, Vol. 1
The Mix Tape, Vol. 1 is the first installment of DJ Funkmaster Flex’s Mix Tape series, released on November 21, 1995. The album is a compilation of freestyles and previously released songs, all mixed with Funkmaster Flex’s production.
Funkmaster Flex The Tunnel
The Tunnel is an album released by DJ Funkmaster Flex and DJ Big Kap, released on December 7, 1999, through Def Jam Recordings. The compilation album featured Live Freestyle, a freestyle which featured verses from Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. that was previously released in 1995.
Funkmaster Flex 2pac
While airing out all sorts of controversial opinions, namely that Tupac himself was to blame for being fatally shot, the New York radio host took to Twitter to further back up the reasoning behind his bold claims.
“The beef was PAC got robbed cause he did the wrong NY cats dirty,” Flex began. “He was scared of them so he blamed Biggie! Those were PAC ‘friends. Pac Been Running With Them And Knew They were looking for him which is why he had the pistol.”For information on these please click here.
Funkmaster Flex Cars | Ride with Funkmaster Flex
Ride with Funkmaster Flex (Sometimes referred to as FMF) is a TV show that was produced by MTV Networks. The show aired from 2003–2004, lasting two seasons. It was originally shown on Spike TV and RedMoxie and was also broadcast on MuchMusic and ESPN with a licensing agreement to MTV Networks.
Funkmaster Flex Night
The Late Show With David Letterman broadcasts its last episode on Wednesday night, but in New York City, the voice of the show’s host will remain on the air. The emerging three words at a time from radios across the region. You can thank Funkmaster Flex. Six nights a week he allows himself Sunday off the 47-year-old DJ spins hip-hop on Hot 97 and often transitions between songs with a pair of instantly-recognizable effects: the sound of a bomb exploding and a sample of Letterman enunciating the name of his old party, Funkmaster Flex Night.
Funkmaster Flex Net Worth
Flex is an American rapper, hip hop DJ, musician, and producer who has an estimated net worth of $14 million dollars.
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