Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message [Official Video HD]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message 1982
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"The Message" is a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It was released as a single by Sugar Hill Records on January 1, 1982 and was later featured on the group's first studio album, The Message. "The Message" was the first prominent Hip-Hop song to provide a lyrical social commentary. It took rap music from the house parties to the social platforms later developed by groups like Public Enemy, N.W.A., and Rage Against The Machine. Melle Mel said in an interview with NPR "Our group, like Flash and the Furious Five, we didn't actually want to do the message because we was used to doing party raps and boasting how good we are and all that". It is credited as the catalyst for the conscious Hip-Hop or political sub-genre of Hip-Hop music. It is a social narrative that details the struggles and difficulties due to living in poverty in the inner-city. In addition, it embodies the distress, anger, and sadness an individual experiences when confronting these inequalities. The description of various social and economic barriers followed by the mantra "don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head" exemplifies that it is not just the disparity in opportunity that is oppressive but also the emotional response that is debilitating. It is frequently referred to as the greatest record in hip hop history and was the first Hip-Hop record ever to be added to the United States' National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings.
Though not the first in the genre of rap to talk about the struggles and the frustrations of living in the ghetto; the song was unique in that it was set to a slower beat, refocusing the song on the lyrics over the music. The song was written and performed by Sugar Hill session musician Ed "Duke Bootee" Fletcher and Furious Five MC Melle Mel. Some of Mel's lyrics on "The Message" were taken directly from "Supperrappin'", a song he had recorded three years earlier. Flash and the other members of The Furious Five, although credited on the record, were uninterested in recording the song and are not found on the finished record. In the music video, Fletcher's verses are lip-synced by group member Rahiem.
Remixes appeared in 1995 and 1997.
West Coast hip hop artist Captain Rapp recorded a similar song to "the Message" in 1984 called "Bad Times (I Can't Stand It)".
The song's signature synthesizer riff has been sampled by popular rap artists such as Ice Cube on "Check Yo Self", Puff Daddy on "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" on No Way Out (1997) and Ahmad on "Only If You Want It". The song's chorus of "Don't push me 'cuz I'm close to the edge" has become one of the most well known choruses in rap music history. Lyrics from the song have also been used (albeit with varying degrees of alteration) many times in hip hop songs by artists such as Andre Nickatina ("Jungle" and "The Stress Factor"), AZ ("Doe or Die", "Sunshine"), Mos Def ("Close Edge"), Talib Kweli ("Broken Glass"), Snoop Dogg ("2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and "Gangbangin 101"), Coolio ("County Line"), Mickey Avalon ("Waiting to Die"), Eminem ("What's the Beat"), Dead Prez ("Psychology" and "Don't Hate My Grind"), Common ("Book of Life", "Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)"), Jungle Brothers ("Straight out the Jungle"), Immortal Technique ("Obnoxious"), Stiff Little Fingers (on Tinderbox), Seagram ("The Dark Roads"), and Tricky ("Vent"). In addition, it was sampled in the song "Magic Spells" by the Toronto based electronica duo Crystal Castles. BLACKstreet "Fix" on Another Level (1996). X-Raided (Fuccing Wit A Psycho). Usher uses the backbeat sampled on the remix of 2001's "U Remind Me" featuring Method Man and Blu Cantrell.
"The Message" was included as in game radio music for the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, an adaption of the 1983 film. The signature synthesizer melody was also sampled and featured in multiple episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV series). For the MTV-produced compilation album Lit Riffs: The Soundtrack in 2004, the band Katsu supplied a stripped-down cover version of "The Message".

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