Grandmaster Caz is one of the major creative forces behind the birth of hip hop. He began as a b-boy in an East Bronx crew called the Casanova’s, but after battling one of their top breakers, he was awarded the name Casanova Fly and welcomed into the crew. Soon, he joined Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash as one of the original hip hop deejays, only Caz was the only one who also established himself as a premier rapper, along with Melle Mel and Kool Moe Dee. Caz was in a group called the Mighty Force when his manager employed one of his tapes to engineer a record deal. Only Caz wasn’t part of that deal. And since his lyrics helped manifest one of the biggest-selling hits in hip hop history, it’s been a little painful for Caz to answer questions about that hit song for the last 25 years. Caz told the story at the first Abakus Munchie Cup in Aspen last August. The next Munchie Cup will be held in May, 2015. Hope to see you there, and stay tuned to abakusmagazine.com for the latest details.