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Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five

DJ Grandmaster Flash and his group the Furious Five were hip-hop's greatest innovators, transcending the genre's party-music origins to explore the full scope of its lyrical and sonic horizons. Flash was born Joseph Saddler in Barbados on January 1, 1958; he began spinning records as teen growing up in the Bronx, performing live at area dances and block parties. By age 19, while attending technical school courses in electronics during the day, he was also spinning on the local disco circuit; over time, he developed a series of groundbreaking techniques including "cutting" (moving between tracks exactly on the beat), "back-spinning" (manually turning records to repeat brief snippets of sound), and "phasing" (manipulating turntable speeds) -- in short, creating the basic vocabulary which DJs continue to follow even today.

Flash did not begin collaborating with rappers until around 1977, first teaming with the legendary Kurtis Blow. He then began working with the Furious Five -- rappers Melle Mel (Melvin Glover), Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), Kid Creole (Nathaniel Glover), Mr. Ness aka Scorpio (Eddie Morris), and Rahiem (Guy Williams); the group quickly became legendary throughout New York City, attracting notice not only for Flash's unrivalled skills as a DJ but also for the Five's masterful rapping, most notable for their signature trading and blending of lyrics. Despite their local popularity, they did not record until after the Sugarhill Gang's smash "Rapper's Delight" proved the existence of a market for hip-hop releases; after releasing "We Rap More Mellow" as the Younger Generation, Flash and the Five recorded "Superappin'" for the Enjoy label owned by R&B legend Bobby Robinson. They then switched to Sugar Hill, owned by Sylvia Robinson (no relation), after she promised them an opportunity to rap over a current DJ favorite, "Get Up and Dance" by Freedom (the idea had probably been originally conceived by Crash Crew for their single "High Powered Rap").

That record, 1980's "Freedom," the group's Sugar Hill debut, reached the Top 20 on national R&B charts on its way to selling over 50,000 copies; its follow-up, "Birthday Party," was also a hit. 1981's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" was the group's first truly landmark recording, introducing Flash's "cutting" techniques to create a stunning sound collage from snippets of songs by Chic, Blondie, and Queen. Flash and the Five's next effort, 1982's "The Message," was even more revelatory -- for the first time, hip-hop became a vehicle not merely for bragging and boasting but for trenchant social commentary, with Melle Mel delivering a blistering rap detailing the grim realities of life in the ghetto. The record was a major critical hit, and it was an enormous step in solidifying rap as an important and enduring form of musical expression.

Following 1983's anti-cocaine polemic "White Lines," relations between Flash and Melle Mel turned ugly, and the rapper soon left the group, forming a new unit also dubbed the Furious Five. After a series of Grandmaster Flash solo albums including 1985's They Said It Couldn't Be Done, 1986's The Source, and 1987's Da Bop Boom Bang, he reformed the original Furious Five lineup for a charity concert at Madison Square Garden; soon after, the reconstituted group recorded a new LP, 1988's On the Strength, which earned a lukewarm reception from fans and critics alike. Another reunion followed in 1994, when Flash and the Five joined a rap package tour also including Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. A year later, Flash and Melle Mel also appeared on Duran Duran's cover of "White Lines." Except for a few compilations during the late '90s, Flash was relatively quiet until 2002, when a pair of mix albums appeared: The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on Strut and Essential Mix: Classic Edition on ffrr. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Old school music is the best! Old school for life!
euheuheuheue h e
Grandmasterf l a s h
amcgowan28
There,s no party like an old school party Big T out of DC
kensiiii
Real Lyrics and real music for everyone!! No censorship needed...
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Love it is the it is is the best song I ever had

true hiphop not thiscrap on the radio know smh
TRU life story I have no education
the inner city anthem !!!!!!
The struggle Son! The streets be listening!
Remember watching this video as a shorty in amazement
decastellano s 3 1
The bomb!!! Old school baby
Tell me what's better
What happened to the rap now all they talk about is gangs weed and sex every single song and artist so far
dexpainting
Love all or comments I'm from the old school u r rite they don't do it like this no more.bx 138st cypress ave
My favorite rap jam from back in the day! New Yorkers know that Melle is from the city and his family are one of the nicest families you could ever meet.
ME AND MY SISTERS USED TO LISTENED TO ALL THE OLD SCHOOL RAP THAT WAS REAL RAP MUSIC TO LISTEN TO AS A TEEN-AGERS IN THE 80S SMILE....
thomas.randl e 1 5
They don't make it like this anymore
This was the BOMB back in the day!
cvtonio
this is nostalgic. oh yeah!!!!. great time!!!
dopest till this day an always will be
This song could have been recorded yesterday & it would still have the same impact it had back in the day
Every thing stays the same without change within. 14y 2m
White Lines is anti-cocaine , but I don't think everyone knows that.
love it!!!!!
This song is over 20yrs old and nothing has changed n the black community, its scary how this song can relate to the past, present and future
Don't push me cause I'm close to edge!!!!
Old school love
I agree with you Alexender183
alexander183
The bomb. ...it is like a jungle sometimes. This is when rap was at its best. No swearing, gangs, and just simply rap. Where did those days go. ...gone for every. What a shame. PEACE
This is rap w/ a message
Old-school da best
Old school days at the Roxy roller rink. ..
Og respect
Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge...
O ya
Dancing in my living room...
willwatson12 3 4 5
For 10458 I'm from I feel you only if we could go back 10466 free 2 b
❤Jam on it....❤
Thumbs up if u heard this in gta vice city
this is still live today....... . wake up no mater how good u think u got its still a problem. blessing my we all make it happenin our lifes
This is a G songg
I first went to a Flash Jam at the T Connection, where at that time, most"Jams" as they were called were held in the BX! Then, in the early 80's I went to the PAL on 183rd, "the third" as we called it, witnessed Flash wear down the cut by soul music's on 5 Tina Marie, with Square Biz, I was eternally hooked!
This is an O G song
There is no better rap than this
My generation don't Kno about this
Everytime I hear this song its college days all over again. Boomboxes, waves, grades and women. Life was beautiful as a young black man back then.
chewydubby
Best years of all time.
sgrgmg
Stoney. Man I miss this. : )
Sometimes I wish I was born earlier In time to hear this kind of music in its prime, too bad I wasn't haha
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