Classics: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (Sugarhill Records)
“The message is in the music…” Something you pretty much might have heard when listening to Bohannon‘s ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ or The O’Jays‘ ‘Message In Our Music’. And here’s what – ‘The Message’ – we got too back in the day from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
Deceased at the early age of 28, Robert Keith ‘Keef Cowboy’ Wiggins is remembered as one of The Furious Five. Thus sharing the bill with Melvin ‘Grandmaster Melle Mel’ Glover, his brother (Nathaniel ‘The Kidd Creole’ Glover, Jr.), Eddie ‘Mr. Ness/Scorpio’ Morris and Guy Todd ‘Rahiem’ Williams. In other words, the five Rappers who, together with DJ Grandmaster Flash, turned themselves into one of the most significant forces in the maturation of Hip-Hop. With thanks to their strong lyricism blended with turntablism over Breakbeat rhythm patterns.
Did the guys ever know they would bring Hip-Hop to other territories by the time they recorded ‘The Message’? Well, I would say yes and no. Yes, as they happened to be pretty much reluctant at the perspective of doin’ it at the time. And probably no also. As who could ever predict back then that Hip-Hop would become such a social phenomena? This with groups such as KRS-One, N.W.A. (cf. ‘Express Yourself’) or Public Enemy… Nevertheless ‘The Message’ started it all, takin’ Rap Music from its native ground – the house parties – to the social platforms. This makin’ of it such a quintessential gem at the end.
As a result, no wonder why one would most likely remember them for ‘The Message’ which came up right after the seminal ‘Freedom’