A Brief Profile of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five:
- Melle Me
- Kid Creole
- Scorpio a.k.a. Mr. Ness
The First Hip-Hop Soldiers :
The world’s youngest hip-hop heads – from the 90’s babies to the new Millennials – can thank Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five for coining the phrases that have defined the culture as a whole. Lead rapper, Melvin “Melle Mel” Glover, is known as the first rapper to call himself an MC, originally meaning, mic controller. Fellow group member, Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins gave the whole sound its rather onomatopoeic name by scatting the words ‘hip-hop’ to imitate the tap of soldiers marching after a friend joined the army. Their words have withstood the test of time and become even more relevant in recent years.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the seminal album The Message in 1982. “The Message” single was arguably the first rap song to detail the harsh realities of ghetto life – a sharp departure from the feel good party disco clubs from which the group emerged. Subsequent albums did not perform as strongly as a whole, but key singles such as “Superrappin’” kept new hip-hop lovers reaching for more.
Stylin’ and Profilin’:
In their years as a group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five made the transition from the glam cowboy hats, boots and studded belts to the early b-boy style of Kangols and dukey rope chains. Their looks shined with the costumed revelry of a harder-edged P-Funk matched with a street sensibility that has influenced style icons from LL Cool J, to Kanye West and Andre 3000.
LegendaryGrandmaster Flash and Furious Five hold the distinction of being the first hip-hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
- "The Message"
- "White Lines (Don’t Do It)"
- "Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"
- "It's Nasty"
- "Showdown (with the SugarHill Gang)"
- "Beat Street Breakdown – Part 1"