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Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five
     

Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five

by Grandmaster Flash
 
A diplomatically titled Rhino compilation, Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five is a no-brainer collection featuring the absolute best of the group's four years on Sugar Hill -- from the national breakout with 1980's "Freedom" to the beginning of the end, Melle Mel & the Furious Five's rap-on-film classic, "Beat

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A diplomatically titled Rhino compilation, Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five is a no-brainer collection featuring the absolute best of the group's four years on Sugar Hill -- from the national breakout with 1980's "Freedom" to the beginning of the end, Melle Mel & the Furious Five's rap-on-film classic, "Beat Street." Backed by the party-pleasing productions of Joey and Sylvia Robinson plus gorgeous grooves courtesy of the Sugar Hill house band (guitarist Skip McDonald, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith LeBlanc), Grandmaster Flash and company recorded most of rap's popular classics from the early '80s, providing a crucial bridge from the street-party aesthetic of the late '70s to Run-D.M.C.'s mid-'80s breakout. Rappers Melle Mel, Scorpio, Cowboy, Kid Creole, and Raheem were tied to old school delivery (carefully and slowly phrased), but they did it better than all the others and had the DJ as well as the tracks to match. Flash & the Five also had the most diversity of any other early rap group, encompassing the refreshing Furious Five/Sugarhill Gang collaboration "Showdown" (more a posse track than a battle), a gritty street-level snapshot of modern life (rap's all-time classic "The Message"), and the vocoder paranoia of "Scorpio." Rhino could've done a better job without too much trouble (simply swapping an ineffective new Megamix with the DJ landmark "Adventures on the Wheels of Steel" would go a long way), but Message from Beat Street is still the best introduction to the authors of old school's greatest hits.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/1994
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227160623
catalogNumber:
71606
Rank:
14997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grandmaster Flash   Primary Artist,Rap,Track Performer
Grandmaster Melle Mel   Track Performer
Raheem   Rap
Melle Mel Plowden   Rap
Kid Creole   Rap
Ness   Track Performer
Cowboy   Rap

Technical Credits

Michael Johnson   Producer
Larry Johnson   Producer
Jiggs Chase   Producer
E. Fletcher   Composer,Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Reggie Griffin   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer,Contributor
Jigsaw Productions, Inc.   Producer
David McLees   Producer,Reissue Producer
Grandmaster Melle Mel   Producer
Joey Robinson   Producer,Reissue Producer
Leland Robinson   Arranger,Producer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer,Producer
Sanny X   Engineer
Sylvia Inc. Productions   Producer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Melle Mel Plowden   Producer
Melvin Glover   Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Joseph Saddler   Composer
Larry Johnson   Producer
Shannita Williams-Alleyne   Liner Notes
Keith Wiggins   Composer
E. Morris   Composer
Scorpio   Composer

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