Today is a big day for music. It’s the 36th year anniversary of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s debut album.
Hip hop had just begun to reach a larger audience, even topping hot 100 charts. But this was for r&b/funk fueled tracks that had nothing to say (Kurtis Blow’s The Breaks, Rapper’s Delight, etc.) Flash and the Boys’ most iconic single, The Message, was the first hip hop record that was honest, period. They rhymed about the crack era, the struggle in the streets, poverty, homelessness, and addicts feigning up and down the block for just one hit. They were innovators, spreading a message (pun intended) that so many could relate to and identify with.
The 12 inch, which you’ll see on the right, dropped on July 1st, 1982. It did HUGE numbers, so Sugar Hill Records (a sketchy as fuck early label) rushed the short album you see on the left just 3 months later. It gained critical acclaim across all music critics.
Both the 12 inch and the album are original copies. The single on the right is in near mint condition, and the album on the left is in great condition as well.
What are your thoughts on this legendary group, single, and project? Any memories around it? Let me know in the comments below! 👇🏻