This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

April 18th – Grandmaster Caz, a.k.a. Grandmaster Casanova Fly of The Cold Crush Brothers, was born Curtis Fisher in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1961.

Caz was first introduced to hip-hop culture in the early 1970’s when he attended a block party where hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc was spinning.

Caz soon after teamed with DJ Disco Wiz and formed The Mighty Force DJ crew.

Caz would double his duties in The Mighty Force as both a DJ and an MC, one of the first people to ever do so.

Caz would then later join the legendary Cold Crush Brothers, whose original line-up included, DJ Charlie Chase, Easy AD, The Original DJ Tony Tone, Whipper Whip, Mr. Tee and Dot-A-Rock, who all appeared with Caz in hip-hop’s first film 1983’s “Wild Style”.

But Caz would be best known for his lyrical contributions to rap’s first and most influential release ever 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight”.

This would come about when Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson’s son Joey heard Cold Crush manager Henry Jackson rapping along with Caz’s verse on a tape of one of the group’s live performances while flipping pizzas part-time in a restaurant.

Joey Robinson asked Jackson, who would become known as Big Bank Hank in The Sugar Hill Gang, if he had more rhymes to audition for a group his mother was putting together for the still unheard of label.

Hank replied in the affirmative and immediately asked Caz for more rhymes.

Caz gave Hank, who previously was not an MC, free reign of his rhyme book with the understanding that he would compensated later.

Caz would never be compensated until this day for rap’s most legendary recording.

Caz, however, would release four albums of his own over the years, 1992’s “The Grandest Of Them All”, 2004’s “You Need Stitches – The Tuff City Sessions – 1982-1988”, 2006’s “Rare And Unreleased – Old School Hip-Hop – ’86-’87” and 2008’s “Mid Life Crisis”.

Grandmaster Caz has also appeared on recordings by Chris Stein, DJ Signify, DJ Haitian Star, DJ Parker Lee, Mark The 45 King, as well as several one-off 12 inch singles of his own not released on albums.

In 1999, Caz was inducted into The Technics DJ Hall Of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted in The Bronx Walk Of Fame.

Grandmaster Caz would also work as a celebrity tour guide for Hush Hip-Hop Tours.

Grandmaster Caz also appeared in Ice-T’s 2012 documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap.”

Grandmaster Caz a.k.a. Casanova Fly is one of the first and most important MC’s and DJ’s in hip-hop history.