GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE – MESSAGE FROM BEAT STREET: BEST OF(1994)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five are the pioneers of hip hop music. The song “The Message” single-handedly took hip hop into an entirely new, more political direction. Other classics that appear on this best of compilation are “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It),” “New York New York,” and “It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love).” I added my own bonus track (which I believe should have been included with the original best of), the classic beat-edit “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel,” which shows us why so many people revere Grandmaster Flash as one of the most original and most talented DJ’s to ever spin a record. I actually just picked up a copy of The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats, and it’s pretty insightful on Flash’s inspiration and influence. For those of you that are new to hip hop or curious as to its origins, this is the album to pick up. You look foolish if you call yourself a hip hopper and yet you don’t have any Grandmaster Flash in your collection. Don’t be a fool; pick this one up.
1. Step Off Megamix - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
2. Freedom - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
3. The Birthday Party - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
4. Showdown - The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang
5. It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) - Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five
6. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
7. Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
8. Message II (Survival) - Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
9. New York New York - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Grandmaster & Melle Mel
11. Beat Street - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
12. The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel (Bonus Track)
Sample it here (part 1) and here (part 2), buy it here.