EXCLUSIVE: Grandmaster Melle Mel Addresses His Issues With Grandmaster Flash


(AllHipHop News) One of the most celebrated Hip Hop groups of all time is currently in the midst of a war of words and a battle over legacy. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a collection of six South Bronx representatives. While Flash’s name led the crew’s moniker, it was five rappers (Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Keith Cowboy, Scorpio, and Rahiem) that laid down the vocals for the crew’s tracks like “Supper Rappin,” “Beat Street,” and the classic “The Message.”

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Flash eventually parted ways with the group, but the other surviving members are upset that he is still recognized as the de facto representative of the Furious Five. Melle Mel and Scorpio reportedly have had difficulty performing under the brand that they helped established. Scorpio even publicly called Flash the “Milli Vanilli of Hip Hop.”

AllHipHop.com was able to conduct an interview with Grandmaster Melle Mel where the rap pioneer spoke about his concerns with Grandmaster Flash’s continuous role as an outsider from the group. Particularly, Mel addressed the controversy surrounding the induction of “The Message” into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2012.

Read an excerpt from Grandmaster Melle Mel’s interview below.

The reality of it is that Flash don’t work with the group. Like when we did the Grammy Hall of Fame. When they inducted “The Message” in the Grammy Hall of Fame, they didn’t call Sugar Hill Records, they didn’t call me – they called Flash. And Flash was gonna induct the record in the Grammy Hall of Fame and they were gonna use LL (Cool J), Lupe Fiasco, Common and Rick Ross. And the only reason we got on to do the record was because they had to call Joey (from Sugar Hill Records) to get the rights for the publishing. We were working with Joey at the time and he said they wouldn’t give them the rights unless we would be on the program to do “The Message.”Click here to read the full interview.

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