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Old 03-14-2007, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five

Hip-Hop 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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