Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Rolling Stone Magazine Declares “The Message” As Greatest Hip-Hop Song of All Time


(AllHipHop News) For the first time in its existence, music magazine giant Rolling Stone recently compiled a list of the Top 50 songs that have influenced Hip-Hop history.

Their selection (based on the opinions of a Rolling Stone staff panel and Hip-Hop “experts” such as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots) for the top song ever in the less than 40-year-old Rap genre was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”.

According to Rolling Stone, the 1982 hit single by the South Bronx collective was able “to tell, with hip hop’s rhythmic and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America.”

With its stern “Don’t push me/’cause I’m close to the edge…” warning, “The Message” depicted impoverished life in American ghettos in a way that had not been heard before among the fledgling Hip-Hop tracks of the time.

Also included on the list were songs like Public Enemy’s militant “Fight The Power” and the Hip-Hop standard “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang, another pioneering Rap group that formed in the late ’70s.

“It’s a list that would have been a lot harder to do ten or 15 years ago because hip hop is so young,” Nathan Brackett, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone, told Reuters.

“We’ve reached the point now where hip hop acts are getting into the (Rock and Roll) Hall Of Fame… it just felt like the right time to give this the real Rolling Stone treatment.”

The full Top 50 list, featuring four special edition covers, will be released on December 7 on RollingStone.com and the newsstand version of Rolling Stone.

Source: Reuters

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  • Cory Evans

    Hands down..i totally agree

  • Pierre Elliott

    IT WAS WHEN REAL HIP HOP NOT RAP MUSIC ( cause it didnt exist ) came into its own… NO DRAKE NO NlGGI, NO WAYNE Can ever reach these levels..EVER!!!!

  • Fugg You Montezuma for ruining this video for me & others!

    Shots Fired!
    Bx in Da’ House!

  • Robbin hood

    Timeless track but greatest hip hop song of all time….i’m not so sure

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      greatest of all time no nwa no ice t no spice 1 no tooshort all tthose guys were inspired by these guys even the goat tupac was inspired by the message this was the 1st song with rappers actually rappin about something

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        how the hell is tupac the goat??? Noone who was into hip hop before tupac came out even likes him. *kids these days…*

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        fool all the old niccas got love for pac from rakim to melly mel now ppl before pac is not going to be able to telate to pac because once melly mel inspired ppl it hit the west coast and when it hit the west coast they talked about shyt east coast niccas was scared to talk about now pac rapped about real shyt all his music had a message and was for black ppl as a whole pac was like malcom x on track so u old bytch try listening to a real nigga 4 a living u old fart

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        f*ckouttahere with that drama-school attending, ballet school graduate bourgoise sentimental thespian! When Tupac came out he was not even seen as an MC or a rapper but as a poet…. *smdh*

      • How do you know that?

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        pac COMES FROM A FAMILY OF COP KILLERS AND BANK ROBBERS CALLED THE BLACK PANTHERS NOW PAC WENT TO PERFORMING ARTS SKOOL NOT BALLET SKOOL CLOWN PAC NEVER GRADUATED HE MOVE TO CALI AND LEARNED THE GAME IN OAKLAND HIS MOMS WAS A CRACK HEAD HE WAS DIRT POOR AND HE SHOT 2 COPS AND TOOK 5 SHOTS 4 REACHING 4 HIS GUN INSTEAD OF GIVING UP HIS JEWELRY

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        i can see you a fan so not tryin to disrespect his memory for you – but – fact is he didn’t bring nothin new to the table
        .
        he was late in the black activist rap movement (after P.E, X Clan, PRT etc), he was nowhere near the first thug or gangsta rapper, and as for chattin the real ish are you serious?

        I was gonna say he might’ve been the first sex symbol rapper but Cool J kinda did that first ….

        actually Pac was the first convicted rapist rapper so yes, I stand corrected, he did bring somethin new.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        PAC RAPPED ABOUT LIFE FOR THE BLACK MALE ALL THEM OLD NICCAS WAS DOING AND RAPPERS TILL TODAY JUST PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER PAC WAS SAYING REAL SHYT FROM BRENDAS GOTTA BABY,TRAPPED,I WONDER IF HEAVEN GOTTA GHETTO,WORDS OF WISDOM,REBEL OF THE UNDERGROUND MAN LISTEN U PROLLY SOME OLD LAME NY NICCA

      • Bumpy Johnson

        an MC is a poet…a rapper is a Poet….RAP ( RYTHEM AND POETRY). u “sydh” too much , startin to loose brain sells.

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        rap aint an acronym! the word precedes hip-hop by about 40 years for a start and was used for just shootin the breeze.. do you really think someone sat down and said ‘you know we need to think of a word for this rhyhm and poetry, hey why not take the first letters of rhyme and poetry and call it rap?’. £uckouttaheere

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        PAC DROPPED 6 ALBUM IN 4 YEARS AND PUT OUT PLENTY MORE MATERIAL NOT INCLUDING FEATURES AND THE OUTLAW ALBUM AND PAC WASNT NO POP RAPPER NONE OF THEM OLD CHUMPS DID THAT OR EVEN THAT BUSTA JAY Z PAC WAS THE REALIST AND RAPPED ABOUT THE REALIST SHYT FROM EAST TO WEST EVER IN RAP HISTORY U SAID HE WAS A POET LAST TIME CHECKED THATS RAP

      • Bumpy Johnson

        theres OGs 10 + years older than pac that idolized him

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        not from NY there ain’t. and wtf have OG’s got to do with hip-hop ? this ain’t gangs were talmbout, it’s hip-hop, you know, the culture? b-boyin, MCin, Graffin, Turntablism, beatmakin.

      • Bumpy Johnson

        we are talkin bout MCs/ RAPPing. no one is greater than 2pac…none even come close…wtf do OGs got to do with hip hop , they are the hip hop fans , before pac , that still think he is the greatest

      • Robbin hood

        Then say it’s the most inspiring song ever and not the greatest, Dr j inspired jordan but nobody says he was the better overall player and tupac g.o.a.t…. not a chance.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        6 ALBUM IN 4 YEARS INCLUDING GETTING SHOT AND JAIL TIME PAC THE GOAT I MEAN HE STARTED A WAR SHOT 2 POLICE OFFICERS GOT OTHER PPL TO SHOOT POLICE OFFICER JUST THREW HIS MUSIC GOT BEAT UP BY THE POLICE WHEN HIS 1ST ALBUM CAME OUT THE POLICE ALWAYS WANTED HIM ARRESTED I’LL SAY THAT MAKES U THE GOAT WHEN THE PRESIDENT O THE UNITED STATES TRYING TAKE UR MUSIC OFF THE SHELF AND U COMING OUT WITH SONGS LIKE BRENDAS GOTTA BABY.TRAPPED,WHEN MY HOMIES CALL THE GOVERNMENT WANT UR MUSIC BANNED

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        WTF has shoot outs with Po gots to do with Hip-Hop sunshine ?

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        U HAVE TO BE WHITE NOT THAT ITS NOTHING WRONG I GOT LOVE 4 WHITE PPL BUT PAC NOT THE GOAT OH AND HE NEVER WAS CONVICTED OF RAPE IT WAS SODOMY

      • Bumpy Johnson

        dont worry bout him…u ain gotta say much…2pac is the greatest by FAR.

      • Robbin hood

        All that has nothing to do with music, i don’t like his wordplay, delivery or choice of beats.

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        and there we have it. the crux of the biscuit. his flow, voice tone and beat selection were abominable.

      • Bumpy Johnson

        2pac is the greatest of all time…who you think is the greatest why.?

      • Robbin hood

        i’m a fan of lyricism can’t choose one.. so maybe pun, ras kass, big daddy kane, kool g rap,rakim or chino xl from the 90’s

      • Bumpy Johnson

        i feel you…those are all really good rappers (except for chino in my opinion atleast)..but in all fairness do you actually think they are greater than 2pac.
        u know i think BiG L is more of a lyricist than tupac but i know 2pac is by far greater…

      • Robbin hood

        I get your point too, it just comes down to personal preference in the end,To me his wordplay and beat selection really doesn’t do it. Ya chino can be a bit up and down but if you look at his old stuff it’s pretty good.

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      NOW I DON’T KNOW WHERE U FROM PAC SOLD THE MOST EVER WITH REAL MUSIC PAC IS THE GOAT AND I HEARD EVERY RAPPER IN THE WORLD FROM OLD TO NEW I’M DONE DON’T EVEN RESPOND

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    i agree without these guys no too short or ice t or nwa they all said without grandmasterflash none of them wanted to rap

  • The Bronx!

  • toreal

    Rappers use to be so cool without really trying.

  • Aaron Davis

    why are rap groups even inducted in the Rock & Roll HOF? I mean, unless they incorporate a mixture of rock into their music, they shouldnt get elected..We need a Hip-hop/Rap HOF & real hip-hop award show that isnt based on album sales, twittter followers, most radio play/mainstream artist. Show based off of strictly music that gained critical success, commercial success isnt as important when we’re talking about actual talent/rapping ability.

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      FOOL BLACK PPL STARTED ROCK N ROLL FROM JAZZ TO THE BLUES TO THE ELECTRIC GUITAR WE STARTED ROCK N ROLL SO IF WE I THAT HALL OF FAME ITS ONLY ROGHT

    • YaheardSyndicate

      hop hop is an offshoot of Rock N Roll

  • hoeyuno

    the message was a big part of the beginning. it took what y’all were doing in edogz818’s boogie down and made it a north American culture that has more followers then the whole catholic religion these days.

  • Sincere Allen

    Its amazing to me how a bunch of @@@@@ boyz were able to say what was the best hip hop culture song of all time? You are not the authoritative answer for African culture so stop trying to claim it.

  • YaheardSyndicate

    exactly right.