Born Clive Campbell, he is DJ who is credited with popularizing hard funk and hip hop records in the 1970's.
He immigrated from Kingston, Jamaica to the Bronx, New York with his family when he was 12.
In 1975, Grandmaster Flash said that he was his musical hero for his contributions to the genre.
He was the oldest of six children.
Grandmaster Flash was hugely influenced by his work.