Grand Wizard Theodore

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Born as Theodore Livingston on the 5th of March, 1963, he's essentially an American Hip Hop DJ, who has been widely cited as being the inventor of scratching.

He was born in the Bronx, New York, Theodore's brother, Mean Gene, became his mentor, and began to teach him DJing techniques during his childhood years, Theodore also apprenticed under Grandmaster Flash.

As well as the scratching credits Theodore earned, he was also renown for his mastery of needle drops and other techniques which he either invented or perfected.

Does Theodore deserve a place on a place like this site? Well, he did something different, at a time others weren't, he went against the grain and developed a style all of his own, and became an influence on people who are cited as influences, we here at Altopedia believe that says, yes he should be included here.

Even though various versions of the story exist, the generally accepted version is, that Grand Wizard Theodore was playing records at a high volume in his bedroom, when his Mother, who had become fed up with the noise, entered his room and ordered him to turn the music down, at this point he looked away from the turntable to face her, while his mother lectured him he continued slowly moving the record back and forth, which produced a sound all its own, when she left the room he was intrigued by the sound the vinyl made when manipulated in this fashion, this set Theodore on many months of experimentation, he then introduced this technique at a party and thus scratching was born. Since this day many forms of music have made use of this technique. He explains the origin of the scratch is the documentary, Scratch.

During the early '80s, he became part of the group Grandwizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five. They released "Can I Get a Soul Clap" in 1982. He was also featured in the 1983 film Wild Style, as well as contributing to the film's soundtrack.

His famous phrase "Say turn it up" from his track "Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie" has been sampled by Hip Hop and Rap acts like Public Enemy (on the track "Bring the Noise"), Bomb The Bass (on the track "Megablast") as well as many others.