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BIO

Aston George Taylor, Jr. (born August 5, 1968) better known as DJ Funkmaster Flex is an American hip hop DJ, rapper, musician and producer on New York City's Hot 97 radio station. In 1992, he became host of the first hip hop radio show in New York, on Hot 97, which was a pop radio station at the time. Aston Taylor Jr. was born in the Bronx borough of New York City to sound system professional and DJ Aston George Taylor Sr. At age 16, he began DJing at local nightclubs. At 19, he began working with fellow Bronx native Chuck Chillout for WRKS 98.7 Kiss-FM in New York. He later left KISS, and spent a brief period at 107.5 WBLS-FM.

In the early 1990s, Flex made club appearances at many of Vito Bruno's operated nightclubs. Bruno later convinced Joel Salkowitz, a regional vice president of Hot 97, to begin airing live broadcasts from clubs where he was performing. When they realized the resurgence of Hip Hop was coming fast from its fallout in the eighties, they increased the hours of this urban radio programming. Due to the success of that programming, in the spring of 1992 Funkmaster Flex began mixing and hosting his own show, a specialized rap program on Hot 97. With this, Hot 97 became the first pop station in New York to showcase rap. Flex has been with Hot 97 ever since, and currently airs nationally through syndication during weeknights and weekends. He is well known for his signature "bomb drop" sound effect over records.
By the mid-1990s, 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 along with seven of New York City's most respected disc jockeys, including Biz Markie, "BounceMasta" Doo Wop, Big Kap, DJ Enuff, Mister Cee, Frankie Cutlass, DJ Riz, Cipha Sounds and Mark Ronson. Their self-titled debut LP was released on MCA in late 1998. In 1999, he released The Tunnel with Def Jam, which included songs by artists Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Eminem, LL Cool J, DJ Myth , Method Man, DMX, Nas, and Snoop Dogg. Other acts he has worked with include Yvette Michele, Pras, DJ Kool, Armand Van Helden.

MIXTAPES

01. 55 Minutes Of Krs-One
02. 60 Minutes Of Funk The Mix Tape V1
03. 60 Minutes Of Funk The Mix Tape V2
04. 60 Minutes Of Funk The Mix Tape V3
05. 60 Minutes Of Funk The Mix Tape V4
05. August '93
06. Big Dawg V1
07. Big Dawg V2
08. Big Dawg V3/Hip Hop 59
09. Broadcasting Live From Brooklyn 3
10. Live At Tavern On The Green
11. Face/Off
12. Fastlane Part 1
13. Fastlane Part 2
14. Hot 97 04/16/93
15. Hot 97 08/13/93
16. Hot 97 11/12/93
17. Hot 97 Street Jams (Oct 95)
18. Jan 91
19. Krazee Hip Hop Madness
20. Live At Planet Rock Part One
21. Live At The Palladium 1993
22. Live At The Supper Club (2)
23. Live At The Tunnel
24. Live At The Tunnel 2
25. Live At The Tunnel V4
26. Live At The Tunnel 5
27. Live At The Tunnel 6
28. Live At The Tunnel 7
29. Live At The Tunnel V11
30. Live From Brooklyn V2
31. Mecca At The Tunnel Easter Sunday 94 V1
32. Millennium Allstars
33. PMD Party
34. Rakim The Master Sampler