When you mention “LEGENDS” in the music industry, you have to mention “The Sugarhill Gang”. HIP HOPS first superstars and pioneers. The Sugarhill Gang made history in 1979 with their debut 12” Rap Single “Rappers Delight”!! Their song “Rappers Delight” was the first commercial rap record ever made and later went on to become the largest selling 12” single of all time with over Million Records sold!!
Grandmaster's Furious 5 is made up of two pioneers of the original South Bronx Rap scene and creators of Hip Hop subculture; Mele Mel and Scorpio.
Fathers of today's multi-billon dollar Rap industry, Mele Mel and Scorpio are to Hip Hop what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are to Rock and Roll. Having toured the world as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 with the likes of U2, The Police, The Clash, Prince and Duran Duran as well as many Hip Hop greats, their recordings are amongst the most sampled in the history of Rap music.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 became a household name on the strength of records like 'Freedom', 'The Message', 'White Lines', 'Superrappin', 'Beat Street', 'New York, New York', 'Survival' and 'Scorpio'. In the UK, the group charted in the top ten with 'White Lines', 'Beat Street' and 'Step Off'.
'The Message' was the first Rap song to contain a social commentary and is in the archives of the Library of Congress for its social relevance within that time period. The song is considered one of the twenty-five most important of the last fifty years, proven by the fact that in 2013 'The Message' was the first Hip Hop record inducted into the Grammy's Hall of Fame.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12th 2007, the first and only Rap group to have been given this honour. The group have also been honored on the Bronx Walk of Fame, with a street named after them.
Quincy Jones used The Furious Five's vocal talents for two Grammy award winning albums, 1995's 'Qs Jook Joint', which was Jones' first studio album in six years and 1989's 'Back on the Block'. The Furious Five also lent their voices to the legendary Chaka Khan for her Grammy winning hit single 'I Feel For You', earning a Grammy for Mele Mel, the first for any Rap artist. Also among their many achievements is their performance on the anti-apartheid song 'Sun City', created by Bruce Springsteen's guitarist Steven Van Zandt, which saw The Furious Five performing with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin of the Temptations, Ruben Blades, Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock.
The Furious 5 revolutionised music, helping to create a template for the industry that exists today, yet even now Mele Mel and Scorpio are pushing the boundaries of expectation by taking their sound in a new direction. New single 'Some Kind of Sorry' boasts lyrically dextrous and incisively delivered raps juxtaposed with a biting guitar riff, pounding drums and an infectious, melodic sung chorus. This genre crossing record will appeal to the group's original fanbase as well as bringing their music to a new generation.