Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame



history was made last night (Mar. 12), as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As

Hip-Hop pioneers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were one of the first

Hip-Hop groups to incorporate deejaying and emceeing in a group. “We

are going in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to represent exactly who we are and

what we did,” Melle Mel told “Nas saying that Hip-Hop

is dead is 100 percent right,” Mele Mel told “If there’s

anyone who thinks that we aint worthy to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

well we should do something to prove them us, as well as Hip-Hop does belong in

the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” The

group consisted of Grandmaster Flash, the DJ and Cowboy, Mele Mel (formerly known

as Melle Mel), Kidd Creole, Raheim, and Mr. Ness, the groups MC’s. The

groundbreaking group went on to create such hits as “The Message,” “Grandmaster

Flash on the Wheels of Steel,” and countless others. Rap

mogul and Def Jam Records president Jay-Z introduced the group during the introduction

ceremony. "Thirty

years later rappers have become rock stars, movie stars, leaders, educators, philanthropists,

even CEOs," Jay-Z said. "None of this would have been possible without

the work of these men." Formed

in the South Bronx, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five have come a long way

since their first single “Superrappin” hit the streets in 1979. The

annual event took place at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel and other inductees

included R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith, and Van Halen.

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