Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

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  • Funk Music History

    continued tradition of black consciousness shows no signs of slowing down. Again, hip hop music boasts an exhaustive list of conscious lyric riddled songs, even creating its own recognized sub genre, but perhaps the most recognized and celebrated song is Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s 1982 hit “The Message”. This song is a recount of cultural struggles present in “the jungle” of New York City. This was the first song of its kind in the hip hop community, straying away from the hip hop party scene and delivering lyrics meant to cause the listener to reflect on their own everyday struggles. Yet, this song almost never came to be according to the song’s main MC Melle Mel, “Our group didn’t actually want to do ‘The Message’ because we were used to doing party raps” (Gross). Melle Mel decided to go through with the song despite fearing it flopping due to it’s slower rhythm and serious lyrics. Today, the song which peaked at number four on Billboard’s R&B singles chart, is critically acclaimed, earning the title of “Greatest Hip-Hop Song of All Time” from popular music publication Rolling Stone and being recognized as the spark which started conscious rap (Rolling Stone). With this song’s release, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five would continue the black consciousness lyrical agenda that resonated so strongly in the funk era of the seventies. This song pushes the consciousness message by seemingly telling the stories of the black struggle in NYC, and in particular the…

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  • Grandmaster Flash Poetic Techniques

    Joseph Saddler, who has an alias as Grandmaster Flash, is an American hip hop recording artist and one of the pioneers of hip-hop, Djing, cutting, and mixing. His family migrated to the United States from Barbados, in the Caribbean. He grew up in The Bronx, New York where he attended Samuel Gompers High School, a public vocational school. There he learned how to repair electronic equipment. His parents played an important role in his interest in music as he was fascinated by his father’s music…

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  • Backspin Technique In F. Gary Gray's 1980s Hip Hop Music

    He was not only an artist but a Dj as well. He began djing as teen “in his bedroom, eventually developing and mastering three innovations that are still considered standard Djing techniques today” (Wikipedia). The three techniques are Scratching, Punch Phrasing, and Backspin Technique which are still used today. Flash earned a name for himself as a Dj with his group referred as Furious Five. Furious five included Cowboy, Melle Mel, and Kid Creole. They were impeccably very good which led them…

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  • Black Protest Music Analysis

    In this period, the “typical, run down ghetto” fantasy theme emerges. This theme is further emphasized with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message.” In the first verse of the song, he raps, “Broken glass everywhere / People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don't care I can’t take the smell, can’t take the noise.” In these few lines, he is able to paint the picture of the typical ghetto as well as voice his discontent with living there. Identifying that Grandmaster…

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  • Meaning Of Nigga

    have derided this as hypocritical and harmful, enabling white racists to use the word and confusing the issue over nigger. is now heard routinely in comedy routines by African Americans. The growing use of the term is often attributed to its ubiquity in modern American hip hop music. Examples include: Niggaz Wit Attitudes A Tribe Called Quest's "Sucka Nigga" Notorious B.I.G.'s "The Realest Niggaz" Jay-Z's "Jigga That Nigga" and "Nigga What, Nigga Who " Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris"…

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  • Hip-Hop And Rap

    Originally born in Jamaica, Herc learned this new style whilst at a Halloween dance party by stretching the drum breaks of popular songs. Herc achieved this by playing the breaks of two indistinguishable tracks at the same time. DJ Kool Herc continued to use this technique throughout New York. The popularity of the DJing technique had also influenced a dance style called breakdancing. As time progressed popular DJ turntablists began to arise, such as DJ Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and…

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  • Hip-Hop Impact On American Culture

    slang used during that time. The word “Hip” was used as slang to describe something that was “new”, “cool”, or “fresh”. Also, the word “Hop” was also slang to describe something that was “Happening” or the thing to do at the time. Put the two words together and Hip-Hop can be described as a type of music that is brand new and should be listened to by many. It is still up for debate as to who came up with the title of Hip-Hop, however many believe that it was first used by the Disco Jockies. When…

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  • Public Enemy's Influence On American Culture

    Public Enemy was formed in 1982 as a socially conscious hip-hop group. It was initially compromised of Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour), Flavor Flav (William Drayton), Terminator X (Norman Lee Rogers), and Professor Griff (Richard Griff). These core members first met at Adelphi University through the school’s radio station. They shared common interests for politics, philosophy, and, of course, the musical realm of hip-hop [6]. Each of the members’ upbringing in the suburbs of New York was filled with…

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  • Police Brutality In The 80 Analysis

    in the workplace (Dreier, 2015). While war raged on in other parts of the world, the majority of U.S. citizens lived in relative comfort and satisfaction. Still struggling, however, was the U.S.’ African American population. Many still lived in poverty, and with the rise of crack cocaine popularity through the 1980s (peaking at the end of the decade), many turned to distributing the drug as an easy way to make money (Fryer, Heaton, Levitt, & Murphy, 2006). This increase in crack distribution…

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  • Essay On Hip Hop

    more likely to ignore statistical data that refutes such claims such as Philip Bumps investigation. As more studies contradict the beliefs that mainstream media has on Hip Hop the more important it becomes to educate people of the importance of having Hip Hop, specifically socially conscious Hip Hop, as part of society. Socially Conscious Hip Hop is defined by Lakeyta Bonnette, as the subgenre that unites minorities, specifically African Americans through music by discussing issues relevant to…

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