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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Band, 1976-1982 US, The Bronx
Hip-Hop/Rap

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was an influential American hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Composed of one DJ (Grandmaster Flash) and five rappers (Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Cowboy, Mr. Ness/Scorpio, and Rahiem), the group's use of turntablism, break-beat deejaying, choreographed stage routines and lyricism was a significant force in the early development of hip-hop music. The group rose to fame in the early 1980s with their first successful single "Freedom" and later on with their magnum opus "The Message", which is often cited as among the most influential hip hop songs. However, in 1983, relations between Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel became strained and the group disbanded. A reunion was organized in 1987, and it released a new album. Afterward, the sextet disbanded permanently. Overall, the group was active for five years and released two studio albums. In 2007, it became the first hip hop group ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

     
Popular Tracks   
The Message (feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee) on The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
White Lines on White Lines by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
White Lines (Long Version) [Re-Recorded] on Hip Hop Soundtrack To The Concrete Jungle by Various Artists
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheel of Steel on The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
The Message (Re-Recorded) on Hip Hop Soundtrack To The Concrete Jungle by Various Artists
Scorpio on The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
It's Nasty on The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
White Lines - Long Version on The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five by The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Magic Carpet Ride on On The Strength by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Superrappin' on Superrappin' by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The MessageGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Stiff Little Fingers2015Single
Kings Of The Streets - The Definitive AnthologyGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five2010Compil.
Flash It To The BeatGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five2008Single
The Definitive Groove CollectionGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five2006Compil.
The MessageGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Funky 4 + 12004Album
Ryders Rollin'Mark Ryder vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five2002Album
Freedom / Superappin'Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five2000Album
White Lines / ScorpioGrandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1999Album
HitsGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1999Compil.
The ShowdownSugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1999Compil.
Good TimesChic / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1999Album
The Greatest MixesGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1997Compil.
More Hits From Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Vol 2Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1996Compil.
The Message / Message II (Survival)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Melle Mel & Duke Bootee1995Single
The Message / It's Nasty (Genius Of Love)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1993Album
White Lines (Don't Do It) / Message II (Survival)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee1993Album
The Breaks / The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of SteelKurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1991Single
The Best Of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1991Compil.
Grandmaster Melle - The Greatest HitsGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1990Compil.
Freedom: The 12 Inches CollectionGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1989Compil.
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of SteelGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
Magic Carpet Ride / On The StrengthGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of SteelGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Single
On The StrengthGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
On The Strength Show InstrumentalsGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
Fly Girl / Cold In EffectGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
GoldGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1988Album
Dance ClassicsGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang1987Album
The Message / Rappers DelightGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Sugarhill Gang1987Album
The Message / New York New YorkGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1987Single
Greatest MessagesGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1984Compil.
Rapper's Enjoyment - Greatest Rap Hits from 125th, HarlemGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Disco Four, The Fearless Four, Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three, Funky 4 + 11984Compil.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1983Compil.
New York New YorkGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1983Album
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Featuring Melle Mel & Duke Bootee1983Compil.
Everything Counts / New York New YorkDepeche Mode / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1983Single
The MessageGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982Album
ScorpioGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982Album
Flash To The BeatGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982Album
Una Splendida Giornata / The MessageVasco Rossi / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Featuring Melle Mel & Duke Bootee1982Single
The MessageGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Feat.: Melle Mel & Duke Bootee1982Album
Apache / It's Nasty (Genius Of Love)Sugarhill Gang / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Single
Freedom / The Party MixGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Single
Come On, Let's PartyGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Single
Freedom / The Birthday PartyGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Single
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel / The Party MixGrandmaster Flash / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Album
The Birthday PartyGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Album
It's Nasty (Genius Of Love)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Album
It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) / The Birthday PartyGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1981Single
Super Rappin' No. 2Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1980Album
FreedomGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1980Album
Flash It To The Beat / Fusion Beats (Vol .2)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1980Album
Freedom / Super-Wolf Can Do ItGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Super-Wolf1980Single
Superappin'Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1979Album
RapMastersSugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Cash Money & MarvelousAlbum
We Got The Funk / The MessagePositive Force / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveAlbum
Volume 22Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Kurtis Blow / Positive ForceCompil.
Old School Hip-Hop ClassicsGrandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Sugarhill GangAlbum
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