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The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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With the exception of one new track--the cynically titled "One for the $," by the Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel--and some commentary by Ice-T and Public Enemy's Chuck D, there's nothing on The Showdown that can't be found on other collections. The Showdown also skips some important classics--"The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" and Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five's "Beat Street" among them. Those quibbles aside, this collection does achieve its goals: by showcasing the Sugarhill Gang--who emphasized the party groove from which rap came--and the extended Grandmaster Flash family--who saw themselves as social messengers (pun intended)--side by side, the album brings to light the pair's differences and groundbreaking creativity. Looking back on them decades after the fact with ears accustomed to production gymnastics, we can occasionally--and criminally--miss this.(For a more complete look at the two pioneers of rap and how they fit in with their contemporaries, check out The Sugar Hill Records Story.) --Randy Silver

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introduction/Pre-Game Show - Ice-T & Chuck D
  2. Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang
  3. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  4. Round One Wrap-Up - Ice-T & Chuck D
  5. 8th Wonder - The Sugarhill Gang
  6. Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  7. Round Two Wrap-Up - Ice-T & Chuck D
  8. Kick It Live From 9 To 5 - Sugar Hill Gang
  9. New York New York - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  10. Round Three Wrap-Up - Ice-T & Chuck D
  11. Livin' In The Fast Lane - Sugar Hill Gang
  12. Jesse - Grandmaster Melle Mel
  13. Round Four Wrap-Up - Ice-T & Chuck D
  14. Apache - Sugar Hill Gang
  15. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Grandmaster & Melle Mel
  16. Round Five Wrap-Up - Ice-T & Chuck D
  17. Showdown - The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang
  18. One For The $ - Sugarhill Gang & Grandmaster Melle Mel
  19. Post-Game Show - Ice-T & Chuck D


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000HZE6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rappers Delight, Scorpio, The Message, and other classics. APACHE JUMP ON IT!

This is a fun CD to surprise people with. It has commentary from two rappers and people think there is a DJ...lots of fun!
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I love the old school rap. Reminds me of going roller skating with my older sisters back in the day. This product shipped on time and in good condition.
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they were there at the beginning. amazing songs like THE MESSAGE. WHITE LINES.chaka khan's I FEEL FOR YOU with melle mel. and his amazing STEP OFF. show these new kids and the lil' ones how it was done. no degrading women. no showing off bling. i guess they didnt have it but they had the word. and they spread it on high.
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I bought this as a gift for my sister she lost her big 45's so I surprised her with this cd it has a lot of the songs she likes it has quite a few I like too I'm a rocker but worked in night clubs and a lot of these songs grew on me
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This album showcase's the best of Flash and the Fuious Five. It's also the prototype of Rap music, because everything they did has been copied and reinvented. A definite classic, and a must for an avid Hip-Hop collector.
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GREAT CUTS ON THIS CD! PURCHASED TO HEAR "THE MESSAGE", AND "RAPPER'S DELIGHT"--SURPRISED BY SO MUCH MORE, FROM EACH GROUP, OF SIMILAR MUSICAL QUALITY! "APACHE","NY NY", "LIVIN' IN THE FAST LANE"--"WHITE LINES" (SERIOUS, SOLID, OLD-SCHOOL, TIMELESS BEATS), JUST TO NAME A FEW.
ONLY DOWN SIDE TO THIS CD ARE THE SPOKEN "RATINGS" OF EACH SONG BY ICE-T & CHUCK D--A FEW SECONDS LONG, AFTER EACH "DUEL" (AFTER ONE SONG BY EACH GROUP). IT'S ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY, UNNECESSARY TO HEAR WHAT THESE TWO HAVE TO SAY--IF YOUR EARS WORK, THAT'S ALL YOU'LL NEED TO ENJOY THIS TREAT. JUST SKIP THE "REVIEW" TRACK AFTER EACH SECOND SONG. "SHOWDOWN" IS A SHOW-STOPPER!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CD!
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For the serious rap collection, ultimate RAP classics, from the guys who started it!
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