Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers) | Interview
Grandmaster Caz is an emcee, songwriter, and DJ from Bronx, NY. He is one of the most important and influential pioneers of hip hop, and best known for writing the most famous rap song “Rapper’s Delight” without receiving credit or royalties. Caz was also the first to simultaneously DJ and rap. In the late 70s, Caz joined the Cold Crush Brothers. Known for their memorable routines with harmonies and melodies, the Cold Crush Brothers set the standard for emceeing. They recorded several singles in the early 80s and became one of the most popular live rap groups in New York, touring in all five boroughs plus Boston, before the era of commercially-released records. In 1982, the Cold Crush Brothers appeared in the classic hip hop film Wild Style, and recorded the theme song. The group was featured in numerous scenes, with the most notable being a face off against rivals The Fantastic Five in the basketball court scene. In 1999, Caz was inducted into the Technics DJ Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame, with a street plaque bearing his name on display at the Grand Concourse. Caz also has a major role in Ice-T’s 2012 documentary, The Art Of Rap.