January 27, 2015

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982)

Artist:  Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Title:  The Message
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Sugar Hill Records
Catalog#  540040

“The Message” is the debut studio album of the American hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in 1982 on Sugar Hill Records. It is considered one of the most prominent records in the history of hip-hop music with its most notable single being “The Message”, which is often listed as one of the most influential hip-hop songs. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five merged the Afrocentric consciousness expressed by such early rappers as Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets with b-boy production to create “The Message,” an all-time rap anthem. It was the focal point of this LP, which also included “It’s Nasty” and “Scorpio,” two other strong cuts that might have been winners on their own. Unfortunately, rather than a starting point, this album proved to be their ultimate peak.
“She’s Fresh” contains samples from “It’s Just Begun” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch and “Lovomaniacs (Sex)” by Boobie Knight. “It’s Nasty” contains samples from “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club. “It’s a Shame” contains samples from “Mt. Airy Groove” by Pieces Of A Dream.

Side one
1.  She’s Fresh  (5:59)
2.  It’s Nasty  (4:19)
3.  Scorpio  (4:55)
4.  It’s a Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)  (4:57)

Side two
1.  Dreamin’  (5:47)
2.  You Are  (4:51)
3.  The Message  (7:12)

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