THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
290-Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Duke Bootee-The Message.
1982-Number 8 single.
Best Bit-At 3.44.The song which changed Rap forever.Before this song MC’s only told people to take to the dance floor and put their hands the air.
‘The Message’ was the first Hip-Hop song to provide a social commentary rather than the self congratulatory boasting or party chants of earlier Hip-Hop.It’s influence cannot be stressed enough as it paved the way for artists such as Public Enemy(see also best songs 578) and N.W.A(see also best songs 564). In 2012 ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’ named the song the greatest Hip-Hop song of all time.
The song was released on the legendary ‘Sugar Hill’ record label whose owner Sylvia Robinson(see also best songs 597 and 523) is given writing credit along with Edward Fletcher who was employed by the label as a songwriter and Clifton Chase who was employed as a producer.The only member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five given a writing credit is Melle Mel.
‘A child is born with no state of mind,blind to the ways of mankind.’
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