Grandmaster Flash / The Message / White Lines

grandmaster flash and the furious five were inducted in the rock and roll hall of fame

Much respect to Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five! Over the weekend Grandmaster Flash became the first-ever hip-hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hottest hip-hop tracks today echo GMF's robust electronic creation called scratching and other creative turns atop funk bass lines and ethnocentric drums. You can hear their moody influence on today's rap and R&B music by T-Pain and Yung Joc; Crime Mob; Lil Scrappy; Rich Boy; and Mims. (Respective songs: Buy You a Drank, She Rock Her Hips, Money In Da Bank, Throw Some D's, and This Is Why I'm Hot.)

Hear "Buy You a Drank" by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc

When Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" and "White Lines" hit the airwaves, they redefined instrumentation. New or found elements would be given a spotlight and the space to become instruments in their own right. According to hip-hop authority Davey D, who filed a GMF interview in 1996 in his impressive Hip Hop 101 vault:
There's not enough that can be written about Flash's accomplishments. He
invented all sorts of techniques from backspinning to cutting and scratching and
of course quick mixing which are the foundations for today's Hip Hop DJs. He was
also responsible for tinkering with a mixer and developing a cross fading cue.
He was also the first DJ to use a drum machine that he called a beat
Here's how Amazon reviews GMF's classic:

The chorus of "The Message" ("Don't push me, 'cause I'm close to the edge / I'm trying not to lose my head / Sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under") describes the effect of Reaganomics in ways that Dan Rather never could.

Ronald Reagan hasn't been president for a while now, yet things for many people seem the same. Perhaps the only thing that has truly changed is how people express their lives in rap songs. What's the new message?


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lakeparkluv said...

Oooh. I luv that T-Pain's song. Don't know what it is, but something about his voice is nice to sing along with.


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