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The Message

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious FiveAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dbk Works
  • ASIN: B0007WFX9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She's Fresh
2. It's Nasty
3. Scorpio
4. It's A Shame
5. Dreamin'
6. You Are
7. The Message

Editorial Reviews

Hip-hop's greatest innovators transcend their party roots merging Afrocentric consciousness with b-boy production to create the all-time rap anthem The Message. Also contains It's Nasty and Scorpio, which helped propel the album to #8 on the Billboard Black and #53 on the Billboard Pop charts. First time domestic release on CD!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs Dr. Dre when we have the old school rappers? October 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
With the title track, rap was single-handedly established as a legitimate genre, combining brutally honest slice-of-life lyrics about the ghetto; a haunting synthesizer part; wonderful delivery; and the best chorus in rap history - this is my favorite song of the genre. Of course, I would be doing the rest of the album a disservice by saying it's the only good song on the album - another one is the propulsive, funky "She's Fresh", with a great slap bass line and hilarious vocals. It's more funk than rap, really, which makes sense because it was recorded before the rules for rap were laid down - as such, this is rap for people who don't think they like rap. Like me! Anyway, "It's Nasty" is also a brilliant early hip-hop gem, based on "Genius of Love", with a hilarious kazoo break and sweet synths. The overly processed "Scorpio", however, was a misstep, but it's redeemed by "It's a Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)", more social commentary, this time sampling the Spinners' "It's a Shame". The chorus lyrics are rather obvious, but the verse lyrics are awesome, as are the turntable scratches. But the slow ballad "Dreamin'" isn't really all that great and is in fact rather dull. But they're right about one thing: Stevie Wonder really is the greatest. Or one of 'em, at least. "Dreamin'", by the way, sounds more like the O'Jays than rap. This isn't a bad thing - I like the O'Jays - I'm just giving everyone a basis to work off of, you know? The other ballad, "You Are", is just vocals and piano - not very good, and not very furious either. I mean, this guy calls his group the Furious Five! You'd think they'd be furious, right? Anyway, after that comes "The Message", which I already praised to death. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is what hip hop was really all about. June 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was indeed the pioneer days of hip hop music. It might not have been as profitable then as it is now, but these brothers really had something to say that made since and that was really relevant to the times right now. "The Message" is indeed a true classic song for all ages. Kudos to Grand Master Flash and my main man Melle Mel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag from rap pioneers June 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Cd is actually of a complete early rap album from about 1982. At this point, rap albums were more or less collections of an artist's recent work and not recorded as concept albums per se (I think it was either Run DMC's self-titled debut or Whodini's Escape that broke this trend).

In either case, this was released to capitalize off of GMF's Summer 1982 hit "The Message." Every rap fan knows about this tale of the ills of ghetto life and one of the first serious rap tunes. One other tune that comes close to this is their remake of "Its a Shame." The joyous, party feel belies the serious and stark lyrics.

"It's Nasty" has the guys doing what they do best, good time party rapping in an ensemble style. However, this Cd also contains the hideous technojunk "Scorpio" which consists of sickening synthesizer banging and incoherent rapping through a computerized voice box (with none of the charm of Roger Troutman, I might add). The guys also make the mistake of trying to sing on "You Are." For some reason, early rap albums on the Sugarhill label tended to feature rappers trying to sing on at least one song. This trend thankfully ended as rap albums became more popular.

Overall, a mixed bag. Good stuff coexists with the junk, but there is enough good stuff here to make it worthwhile to buy used.
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