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The Message

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

1982

The Message

Album Summary

The Message is the debut studio album of American hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in October 1982 by Sugar Hill Records. It features the influential title track and hip-hop single "The Message".

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3.3

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4948

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

The hip hop songs It's Nasty, It's a Shames and, especially, The Message are the main event. It's great to hear a rapper dealing with substantive matters rather than rapping about getting more ass than a bedpan. A friend introduced me to funk in high school so the first track works well. Scorpio sounds dated but was it original in 1982? The distorted vocals are the same as talk box sounds that were around long before 1982. Digging a little deeper, the song does have some really cool synth rinsed percussion but the synth created laser sounds were done previously on Rock the Casbah (The King called up his jet fighters . . .). I could live without the "romantic" songs ("Dreamin" and "You Are") but I understand others like such songs. The cover photo is a work of art. I remember having a boom box that I would carry with me when I walked / took the bus to the beach.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

This is similar in a lot of ways to the Pharcyde album. Love the beats, although they sound a bit dated, and the lyrics are at times tragic. But the big difference is their lyrics are so plain vanilla. I mean, even songs called She's Fresh or It's Nasty are incredibly tame. Dreamin was too cheesy of an ode to Stevie Wonder although You Are got it right. But I guess all of it is better than inappropriate stuff. I just wish the album had more edge and made you think. The title track does - and that's why it is a classic - and It's a Shame too, but other tracks could do more. Scorpio was a bit too electronic at times but it might have been my favorite. All in all, I enjoyed it but it could have been 5-star if it consistently had more depth.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Cet album a parfaitement accompagné mon trajet jusqu'à la gare où mon train m'attendait dimanche dernier. Comme vous le savez probablement, Robert Dimery, fondateur de la communauté des 1001 albums, m'a chargé d'enquêter sur mon compagnon d'écoute eldiocèse qu'il souçonnait d'avoir lancé plusieurs générateurs clandestins. Ses soupçons se sont avérés puisque j'ai bel et bien réussi à infiltrer l'un d'eux appelé "Pop/Rnb/FR". Robert en a été informé et une milice est actuellement en route vers le domicile d'eldiocèse.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

I am a big fan of Doug Wimbish, so naturally I was looking forward to finally hearing his bass in this. It's nice to finally get the context of the other songs besides the famous song "The Message". Yeah, some of the songs are a bit dated, but they still work. The album is 40 years old, and it definitely feels it. It's not one that transgresses its years. The synths I think really hold it back, really. Still, it's a good album, one I will come back to (except them meeting Stevie Wonder, that seems kinda stalker-ish...)

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Very fresh!

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Grandmaster Flash- he eats gems and spits them out in song. This whole album could be just the message song and still get 5. Can see big influence for Outkast

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

A lot different than I thought it would be based on the couple of songs I knew from it. I say that in the best possible way

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

He went to the hat store, and he bought himself a hat HA HA. HA HA.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Hell yea

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

If you don't like this, you don't have a pulse. Also, when you realize that it basically launched the rap genre, then you have to give it a 5.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

So so good! Every song has such a catchy riff. Is there a movie where the protagonists start dancing uncontrollably? Maybe Beetlejuice? That's what this record does to me - just unconsciously bopping along

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

dit is genieten hé, zeker een classic - Scorpio en the message is top

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

Scorpio track giving me Daft Punk vibes. The second half the album felt much slower than the first few songs

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

Seminal recording and a fascinating listen, I'm struck by how it spans the gaps between hip hop and disco, rap and soul. Much more than just the title track, and the references (both sampled and implicit) are layered in with skill, humor, and insight. This is not my genre of preference (so I'm sure I'm missing things), but this record seems the clarion call for a huge swath of contemporary music that followed. The rapping may be dated, but the record certainly isn't. The first title says it best - she's fresh!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

The influence that this album had not only on so many rappers but music in general can’t be understated! Come for the beats and stay for the content. This is a lecture for your ears and your mind!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

FUNK VERDADEIRO

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Crucial addition to hip hop that generates a very specific set of samples, as well as using a specific set of strong samples. Surprisingly laid back and R&B heavy.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Dreamin' is so city pop! Very pleasant to listen to!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Loved this album! Very fun and has a lot of style. I preferred the more upbeat songs to the ballads, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Fresh, funky and just plain cool. Brilliant album

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Stellar album - funky, lucid, soulful. In the past ‘The Message’ felt like a novelty song - good but a one off showcase of the Furious Five - but it’s just the facade to a much more three dimensional album. Loved every song.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

I feel like this had to be one of the most underrated rap albums from the 80s. When most people talk about rap from the 80s, I feel like the only ones that they bring up are the members from N.W.A. I can understand why, but they're not the holy grail of rap music. Most people only give a shit about two tracks they've made, and they certainly don't give a shit about their second album. This is not to downgrade their legacy since I love Dre and Ice Cube, but I think that they got better inte 90s. Here, this album is less of a gangsta-rap album and more of a jazz-rap album. Gangsta-rap is cool as shit, but I just love jazz-rap so much. This might be because I've listened to To Pimp A Butterfly so many times lately, but hearing a saxophone in a rap-track makes me cum. That's one of the best things about the album, the production is fucking amazing. On one track you either get a jazzy feel, but on the other you get a track that sounds like something that Daft Punk would make. It's just so damn refreshing hearing it, since it makes this album less dull. The signing that they do is beautiful, and it shows that the guys are super fucking talented at what they do 10/10

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Absolutely magnificent. Covers so many genres brilliantly.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

This is a ton of fun! Great music. Fun lyrics. Refreshing next to a lot of other hip hop and rap we’ve heard on this project. And how sweet is “Dreamin’”?! This album has me smiling!

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

great

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

In 1982, this record was released, and was proved to be very influential on many artists that followed. Flash and the Furious Five have made their music still hold up today with great, funky beats and masterful songwriting in tracks such as "It's Nasty and the ever-so influential "The Message". Although tracks such as "Dreamin'" really don't fit the flow of the album well-enough, despite being good songs IMO. Overall, "The Message" still continues to prove its relevance and influence today, making it a great record.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

It's the originator of so much. Electro, proto rap, and I wasn't expecting the soul side so much. It also has the birth of conscious hip hop with the Message and it's less successful follow ups. And early turntablism with the Adventures of Grandmaster Flash. More importantly, it does all of this whole being great fun (except maybe a few outdated lines which scan quite homophobic these days). It's rare that an album which changes the course of music is this goody and fun.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Classic hip hop albums some of the most influential and important tracks of the 80s kickstarted a lot of rappers careers )

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Already in collection, absolute masterpiece of proto-hiphop.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

WOOHOO! Let's party! I can deal with life, yes! I'm gonna create an agenda for this meeting, and it's gonna be awesome. I'm not going to just deal with life, naw man, i'm gonna CELEBRATE IT! My party is started ya'll, and it ain't slowin down. Rock the meeting, rock the minutes, record the zoom, you know i'm in it! What you say about no email? I sent that mail, but I'll send it again! I don't even need to forward the orig, I love you all, without a hitch! Yo! What's that now? You want to zoom again about what I just sent? Who's that there that doesn't to read? Is it an impulsive boss with more time than me? I ain't even mad you let's chit chat! You wanna rehash yo I'm good with that! But now the party's chillin', things are slowin down, it's getting weird in here but I know why now. We gotta take a break so we can get close. It's time to find love, it's time to organize notes. It's boring, true, but there's peace in here, I gotta push through just to keep you near. CELEBRATE! I got those notes collated! Details revised, tasks designated! I'm checking off boxes, I'm setting the course, I'm takin over this project with no remorse!

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Absolute fire! Energetic, intelligent, thought-provoking, pop and groove.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

This was the only album released by the original Furious Five. Its not the first hip hop album (that is another discussion but arguably its Rappers Delight by Sugarhill Gang, from 1979), but its damn early and it sure is one of the more important rap albums to be released. And the album cover is as cool retro as it gets.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Funky but inconsistent. 8

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

8/10. This album is all over the place, but generally in a good way. I was not a big fan of "Scorpio". "You Are" was almost like a slow bit of an Earth, Wind, and Fire song. "The Message" was great, but "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheel of Steel" was mostly just annoying, which is sad because it had such a fun name.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Not my favorite style but undoubtedly a bop. Beginning and end were strong. 8

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

This had a few jams, especially the first and last tracks, and the overlap of funk and hip hop is pretty interesting. As an album I don’t think this is super strong but you can’t deny its place in the development of hip hop. 7/10

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

El disco está bien, tiene unas 3 o 4 canciones pegajosas, pero lo que me llamo la atención es la historia detrás de la canción The Message, todo el contenido social y cómo revolucionó el rap y el hip hop, solo por eso le doy un poco más de calificación de lo que le hubiera dado. Aún no encuentro en donde pasaban la música de esa canción en unos anuncios, creo que en MTV o VH1

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

actually pretty good. didn't feel like it dragged on (minus the last song). 4.2 / 5

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

In college I wrote a paper about The Message. It made me appreciate conscious hip hop

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Stone cold classic

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Very good. Bluesier than expected, and top-heavy with 'The Message' but good!

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Wanted to give it 5 stars, but couldn't quite get there. Refreshing, fun album.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

This album is about as close as I can get to a 5 without giving it a 5. It’s hard not to get up and start popping and locking with (most) this album on. There’s some songs on here that really slap, first one and The Message in particular, The Message being one of my personal favorite songs. Hip Hop as a whole, especially Dr. Dre G-Funk and Africa Bombata, owe Grandmaster flash for pioneering the sound. The Adventures if GMF is an epic break near buffet, makes me wish I could’ve experienced one of those early dance parties at the birth of Hip Hop. This is a surprisingly eclectic album, beyond samples I heard some good instrumentation including, cello, solid piano, electronic music, crooning, rhyming and skat. Not only is the album an early hip-hop pioneer but I’d say the eclecticism is also ahead of its time. It’s funny how they are so positive in contrast to more modern hip hop, they rap about monogamous relationships and how bad drugs are, surprisingly refreshing. Though there’s a couple soft boy songs that flop in the middle if the album, mostly good, but the lyrics just kind of blow, take you out of it, most specifically the very weird ode to Stevie Wonder in the style of Stevie Wonder. Those killed the 5 for me, but damn, still a great album. A-

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

The production is honestly remarkable.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Funky, feels innovative even though released in 82

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

OMG. I don't think I'd ever listened to this full album before. What a joy to find the diversity of tracks on here.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Huge range of influential sound and styles. Disco, hip hop, r&b, electronica, soul. Some classic beats (Scorpio/message) and verses (message) as well some epic mixes (Adventure). Scorpio (higher/lower), message

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Early hip-hop. Really wish I had listened to this genre more when I was younger. I guess that's why I'm doing this project though.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Deze kende ik al hoor, the get down brought me here, genieten

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Nice and funky

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Funky in 1983!

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Performance remarquable de cette troupe d'uluberlu, qui réussit a faire de son tube majeur le plus mauvais son de l'album. C'est un petit peu comme la parodie Colors de robpanel, si vous voyez ce que je veux dire...

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

One of the early true hip hop albums still stands up today - you can hear it’s influence across so much great music and The Message remains an iconic classic track. Only the terrible “dreamin” holds this back from a five for me

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

An odd album some stevie wonder influenced soul and even some gospel. It was very preachy and found its voice in the awesome message. I enjoyed it I liked the view of 80s New York ghetto and hearing all those influences played out before hiphop got really going.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

It's funky and catchy and I like it more than I expected.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

OK, I was prepared to respect this album and the group for lighting the fire that lit up "the other guys and gals" in my 8th grade class in 1979. And I was prepared to re-appreciate the kitsch and glam-rock aspect the Five brought to the disco-rap transition period. And that was about it. But after the 3rd or 4th repeat listen, I found myself actually digging it deep. It's a piece of history,but somehow as fresh as a sunrise in Central Park. Can you dig it?

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Really wanted to give this a 5,but outside of the well known tunes it's not really listenable.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Ahead of its time. Lyrically relevant, Every track a classic and copied mercilessly.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Was unaware that this wasn’t only a precursor to modern hip hop and mixed beats but R&B as well

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

This was great! Another one I'd never listened to but always knew I had to, fantastically funky

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Admittedly, the hiphop scene in the 1980s seemed much more diverse in its varied styles. The debate had more than one angle, and which coast it was from seemed mostly irrelevant. Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five are excellent storytellers. This album is a testament to how that can reach a broad listenership. Light-hearted at times, honest (but not brutally) and down-to-earth at times, this is a well-rounded album. The Message is exactly that, a message. This type of positive messaging merged with realities and aspires for better is something that post-80s hiphop seems to be missing. The evolution of rap in particular has been more honest in regards to the realities, but what it doesn't do that Grandmaster Flash manages to accomplish (e.g. New York, New York) is that such realities need to be told, but what this song manages to do is provide a pathway by educating the conditions of the circumstances. The real listener to the storied realities of that song can see the escape from falling into the dangers of the streets. Great album, sadly the sentiment of its greatness is nostalgic only.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

OMG I loved this. Some of the slow jamz weren't the greatest, but god bless 'em for making a song where they sing about wanting to meet Stevie Wonder. Can you imagine being him and hearing that for the first time? hahaha. I wish YouTube existed then just for the reaction video.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Seminal. Must admit I was very surprised to hear the non-rap tracks on this album but The Message is still amazing. Not sure I'd come back to listen to the whole thing as an album though so 4.5 I guess.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

My son was so into this when he was on middle school. Circa 2006, he is a strange kid. Anyway solid 4

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

catchy Rapper's Delight vibes, but a bit less hokey. the source of a few monumental samples/easter eggs

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I'm not really a hip-hop or rap fan, at least not current modern rap. But early 80's beginnings of rap and hip-hop is prime listening. Especially The Message. That song is beyond influential. It is the critical doctrine for any aspiring rappers and it is still completely relevant today. Banger.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Fresh, Funky, and surprisingly soulful. A few tracks are weaker, but the strong ones are STRONG. And this isn't even mentioning how groundbreaking it was!

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

8 tracks…again. The title track is iconic and you can hear the influence and samples stolen from it. Solid soul/r&b album. A great precursor to hip hop

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Classic hip hop… always delivered with a healthy slice of funk and electronica!

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Psychedelic guitar rock

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

fooonky

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Spotify was missing half the tracks.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

This album has a little bit of everything. Very interesting listen to an obviously highly influential album.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Surprised by how much variety is on this record. A solid listen from the boys

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Really funk mix of funk, soul and old school hip hop.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

"Dreamin'" is so, so bad. But "The Message" is so, so good.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Reminds me of my days at the roller rink.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

The title track basically created the rap genre for old white guys like me. The rest of the album left me cold as I waited impatiently to hear those famous words; "don't push me cuz I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head", sung in that staccato rhythm. 4 🌟 just for that amazing song.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Great groove! I loved that this album came out in 2010 but had sounds of the 70s funk, 90s R&B, and more modern sounds.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

This album was a jam!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

I can hear the influence these guys had on so many other songs- just not my jam yesterday

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

For just The Message, I’m tempted to give this album a 5, but the rest of it is just fine. It is an interesting mix of R&B and early rap/hip hop, but that one song is brilliant.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

The album is essential for The Message. A few other tracks are very good (I like Scorpio), but it really is all about The Message. If you were in NYC in 1982 this was inescapable.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Did not feel the urge to skip any songs.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

The group handles a surprising variety of musical material for a hip-hop crew of their vintage, but there's a salient historical takeaway on here, too: The genre was dance music first, and here it's plainly that, though information-dense with the additional voices on top.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Superalbum melangeant bien des styles, the message est vraiment super et Mene le rap vers çe qu’il estaujourd,hui. C’estle highligth de l’àbum. 4

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

This is hot stuff. Funky, fun, and "fresh." Bruno Mars owes it all to "The Message." Can't fault it for anything except Scorpio, but I assume this is some kind of impressive DJ stuff, I guess. This is a classic otherwise and checks all the boxes. And I hope Stevie reached out to them. The Message is Fire!

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

So close to a 5, this is arguably a genre starting/defining album.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Simply the fact that every song on this album has been used as a sample for future songs shows how impactful this is

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Good God, this album is a delight!

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I loved the fun party tracks but didn't love so much the earnest serious tracks in the middle. Overall, a good time!

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I really enjoyed the sound of the old-school hip hop here. I could imagine break dancers performing as I listened. Now, when the slower tracks came on, I was a bit startled and less impressed. That dreaming about Stevie song was a little strange...

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Sat May 28 2022
4

This album is fun but holy shit it is just pure chaos! Every song has like fifty different shifts and it's wild as fuck to listen to. I'm kind of a fan, really. A lot of these sounds would've been fresh as fuck 40 years in the past. They were really forward-thinking imo.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Whew. Excellent album. And now I know where the sample for "Rapper's Delight" came from. For an album made 40 years ago this sound still feels very fresh, aside from the occasional synth misfire ("Scorpio" is an embarrassment imo). But for every misfire on this album there are about 3 classics. An excellent experience overall, well worth the listen. Fave is the title track but "She's Fresh" deserves an honorable mention for the fresh, funky sound.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

There are some albums that transcend even the music recorded on them based on their historic impact. This is one of them. It’s just too bad that there are some awful clunkers in the middle of it.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

4.5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Feels slow and old school these days, but clear how early it was and what it led to. I expected it to be more rap through and through, but the interludes of more R&B stuff did a lot to help break this up and keep it interesting to me. 3.4 rounding up.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Fun album, well outside my normal sphere. Interesting to hear how many sections I recognize from other songs - be it sampling something from here or both tracks sampling something else

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The message, Message II

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

This album is old school hip hop and funk. It has the sampling of other songs with the record scratching and everything. Then they add their own lyrics to it. The song to Stevie Wonder was fun. There are other songs that were later used in rap songs. I liked the album and listened to it again right after I finished it.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

On the surface it seems saturated with cheese but it was actually a very enjoyable listen if you apply the trusty time, space and place lens Obviously ground breaking stuff in terms of production methods. Pleasantly surprised by the more soulful numbers, especially Dreamin'.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

3.5⭐️

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Classic, still (sadly) relevant, and insightful. Really interesting to hear from the start of rap and hip-hop, and an album that was an inspiration to so many throughout the years since.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Funky

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Funky as can be, bass lines are incredible, but for me I really only liked half the entire album. Overall sounds incredible and was an easy listen

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

This one surprised me! I really didn’t expect to like this so much because I’m not usually a fan of hip-hop. That said, I preferred the first couple songs and the last couple songs; the stuff in the middle wasn’t my thing.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Funky fresh. Rap, Funk, rnb all rolled into one. So much to discover

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I'm not an expert on hip hop and it's not my preferred genre, but there is a joy in this music that is largely absent from hip hop today.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Classic. Didn't know they used that beat that's in It's Nasty

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Today we have something a little different from all the 70s rock that seems to have been recommended recently. I’m excited for this one - I always felt that old school hip hop was so much better than modern day rap. I’d take Sugarhill Gang over Dave any day. Songs I already knew: The Message Favourite after listening: The Message, She’s Fresh Overall: 8/10 I really enjoyed this album. The highlights were definitely bookending the album, with She’s Fresh at the front and The Messgage at the back, but the songs in between have excellent funk, rapping and singing. There are some fairly odd lyrics at times - such as an ode to god in You Are as well as an ode to Stevie Wonder in Dreamin’, but it didn’t stop me from dancing like Tommy Verceti for the duration. An easy recommendation for anybody who enjoys older rap music.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This is a fun record. 80s hip hop is so different to what we have today. And this is a great entry into that world.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I like this. I’d listen to it again.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

awesome bass throughout the album

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Still so fun to listen to. What tunes! It’s not quite 5 star for me.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

There's definitely some filler but a ton of hip hop innovation at work as well. Aside from the historical significance, a solid album overall in its own right.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Funny how despite the legendary status and even now we have radio stations that play album tracks, I still haven't heard anything other than the two obvious classic tracks at the end here. Most of the rating goes to that, genre-defining. Mention also to Scorpio. The 'Expanded edition' deleting the wheels of steel though is a weird move given it's the second best thing here.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Trevligt att lyssna på! Intressant hur de låtar på denna skiva som är hiphop inte låter nära på lika föråldrat som mycket annat från 80-talet. Dreamin' är en sån söt och swag hyllningslåt! Därtill är pärmbilden swag, definitivt bland de bättre.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

I rock with this. Musically somewhere between funk and hip-hop, it starts of fun and high energy but moves in quite a few directions throughout it’s mere 36 or so minute runtime. I found that it has aged better than some of the other old-school hip-hop albums on here, but maybe that’s just me

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

It's easy to make fun of how cheesy this album is, but it was revolutionary in '82. Mad respect.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

How can you fail to be charmed by this album? Every inch of it oozes confidence; a bunch of guys doing something new but with total conviction that everything they are making is pure gold. And what do you know? They were right. "Scorpio" is still a thrilling listen and "Its a Shame" is still as poignant now as it was when it was written. A incredibly entertaining and well put together album.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

A Hip Hop album that's under an hour long?! I am immediately erect. Cheesy, but a good kind of cheese. The fun and funky fresh kind. I enjoyed most of the tracks here, especially the title track. I also liked the complete curveball that "Scorpio" was.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Pretty godd

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Classic rap sounds, fun listening. Now I want to listen to more by them.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Not a huge fan of specifically Scorpio and You Are. Everything else rules. She’s Fresh is the best!

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

- oh the beginning of She's Fresh is tingly - bass!!!!! - is that a kazoo?? love it - like these sci fi vibes in Scorpio (having said that its getting a little old as the song goes on) - Another One Bites the Dust by Queen?! (the Wikipedia page for this song is all other songs and i just only recognize one, great lol) overall impressions, at the beginning thought this might be a 5 star album but it kind of lost me in the second half. really enjoyed though.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Rap breakthrough album. It’s fresh.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Pretty groundbreaking stuff. The title track is a classic. Unfortunately I can't find the full album anywhere, but from what I've heard it's a 4/5.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

For the time, this feels very innovative. You still hear these samples in modern music even today...

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Classic in the way the Pantheon is: foundational to just about everything that came after.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

This album is super fun, it reminds me of Boys II Men. I did not expect a ballad, but it is really nice -- Yesterday. Can't Keep Running Away is so good!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

It's pretty wild how stuff like this was able to come together and sound so fun. Some interesting new-wavey bits. A real hybrid record bringing together lots of disparate things. Some of the soul songs feel a bit like filler, but this album marked a cultural transition, so it can be forgiven.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Surprisingly nice

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

66. Olha sempre em frente. Vai com calma. Não ligues à gordura nos manípulos. MotA: The Message - Instrumental "Fresh"

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

the none hip hop songs are good

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Track The Message itself is fantastic but the rest is of its era I think

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Was ready to give this an auto 5 beforehand as I love their singles and their status as early pioneers, but scorpio is proper shit, dreamin' and you are are really not what I was expecting, and really quite rubbish (if you were hyped for some old school hip hop).

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

The message es la rola, se nota que todo va centrado a esa canción por qué es la única aparte del intro que suena diferente, todo lo demás parece ser el mismo beat, el mismo efecto y el mismo sampleo de sintetizador repetido N cantidad de veces (entre ellas new York New York que es buena también)

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Loses a star for the awful song about stevie wonder

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Gewone goede hip hop.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Has a couple of really well known tracks, including the message. Albums is culturally significant.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Soul, rap

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Hip Hop pioneers whose album was unfortunately only half available, hard to review the album like this

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

I was starting work for the day so I mindlessly clicked for my next album and pressed play, I half noticed the 2010 tag on Spotify and was like “this is anachronistic af” lol, I’m familiar with the early hip hop creators and of course I know about Grandmaster Flash so I find this quite interesting. Having said that, this carries its time stamp very heavily, and it’s a bit cringe by today’s standards (I mean, can’t imaging those 6 minutes about how they love Stevie not making mister Wonder very uncomfortable lol). but we have to recognize that this was groundbreaking and the quality of Flash’s art. Am I going to give it a 3 mainly for The Message (song) yes I am.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Disgraceful that I have never listened to this album before. Sounds very '80s. No doubt that this was and is a significant album, but it is too late for me to truly enjoy it.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
3

The message är det som tar denna från en 2a till en 3a

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

First Listen. I know a couple of the songs, but the rest is new to me. Love it on first listen. Standouts: The Message, Scorpio, It's Nasty, It's a Shame 3/5

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

It's easy to write this off as "hokey" - but these guys basically invented rap, so big props for that. I mean, not only did they popularize a movement and a genre, but Grandmaster Flash is also credited with creating some of the technology that made DJing (as an art form) possible - rewiring shit from Radio Shack so he could hear one record in his headphones while another one was playing in the speakers. Highlights are obviously "The Message" and "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash" - but it's all intriguing.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

It was quite hard to take this seriously at first as it sounds exactly like a Look Around You parody of early rap. I’ll all for a positive message but the song about wanting to meet Stevie Wonder is a bit… odd? By the time it reached the title track though (and some of the expanded edition extras) it seemed like Flash had figured out the genre and laid a bit of a blueprint for socially conscious rappers of the future. Includes some probably-very-influential hip-hop production too.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

another album that was clearly very influential to others but it didn't excite me that much, a couple of big tunes, lots of filler

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Second listen - in a week. Ok. Enjoyed it the first time, this time it was great too. Still only a 3/5 for me though. Some really great songs are left for the bonus tracks.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Love old school hip-hop and this has a game changing lead track. But too many fillers and needs more GM Flash.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Probably more influential than good these days. Clearly still working out how to make rap albums, quality varies a lot

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Sounds very dated not and some frankly dreadful tracks on here (dreamin, you are) but you can’t deny the significance of this album or indeed it’s brilliance in parts also. The message is an absolute classic

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Mostly forgettable, but not terrible to listen to. Good background music. "The Message" is good for it's commentary, but not the music. Highlight Track: "The Message"

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Heard

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

It's not bad, but not my cup of tea. I liked guitar in It's a Shame.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

old school nice

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

It has a few head bobbing hits, but some real slow boring ones near the end. im still learning how to rate. 1 is obviously garbage, 2 is something i can take from it, 3 is some good hits and replays (could make it through twice), 4 is good, like has songs i will listen to outside this challenge, and 5 is rare but like nearly if not all songs are either great or connect to me in some way. with that in mind … between 2 and 3, so 3.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

I've heard the hits before, but honestly had no idea who played them (this is becoming a regular thing now). This is why I love the 1001 Albums Generator. It gives me context for all the tracks I have heard in the past, but never knew who the artist was. I feel like I should have discovered this record a long time ago. I mean look at this album cover. I don't really see myself listening to this kind of stuff on the regular. It's a bit dated and cheesy, although that's also why it's fun. This is music you want to hear live or at a party. Alone on a computer isn't exactly the best way to appreciate this album, but I dig it.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Always thought early 80’s hip hop was a bit cheesy, this does sound a bit dated now, but enjoyed it much more than I expected. Can see the influence it had and the lyrics are still relevant in 2021. Scorpio great track reminds me of daft punk.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

This was a fun listen and The Message is still one of the all-time greatest rap songs, its held up remarkably well after all these years.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

So, I’ve read that Grandmaster Flash was the first DJ to ever put his fingers on vinyl, which changed DJing for ever. The title track is epic. It paints a vivid picture of ghetto life in NYC in the 70-80s (as does the LP cover) and influenced a lot of others. Since I couldn’t find any sample credits anywhere, I guess synth hook is original? I like the song that samples The TomTom Club where one of the 5 raps about the joys of monogamy! Times have changed.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Title track and Nasty are great. Rest of the album feels like filler.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Message still sounds crisp. Love hearing the classic machine sounds but mixed in with great bass playing.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

This is such an inconsistent listen - topped and tailed by moments of true brilliance ('She's Fresh' - lovely Jimmy Castor Bunch sample, 'The Message') but the meat of the sandwich is hard yakka. 'Scorpio' is almost top tier, a great electro number, but it reaches its nadir when the Furious Five fall over each other to suck up to Stevie Wonder.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

I was already pretty familiar with The Message, the song. But I wasn't ready for Dreamin', which seems like it's from a different album altogether. Really appreciate the robot voices on Scorpio. Pretty fun listen all the way around.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Förvånandsvärt catchy, även om det är nåt jag kanske inte kommer lyssna på dagligen. Det kan nog finnas en del godingar att extrapolera härifrån.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Gott gung

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Otippad range på plattan? Har hört the message (låten) flera gånger men tänkte att grand master flash var en lite plojjig artist. Mycket bra finns att hämta! kommer återkomma till denna flera gånger!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Jag tyckte att det va ganska så fett för de bryr sig inte om att matcha texterna till humöret och det respekterar jag...!!!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

okay bit funky

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Scorpio really gave me some electro vibes. Whole lotta pop-n-lock/break dancing music here. Honestly not sure I’d ever chose to listen to this again, but I appreciate that this is an important part of the Black music/dance/DJing/hip-hop landscape. Two stars for listenability, another star for historical importance.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

This is an album I can appreciate for what it is, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to listen again. I know these guys were rap pioneers and much of the album seems to bridge the gap between 70s funk/R&B and 80s rap. I enjoyed the bass on this album (Doug Wimbish, who later joined Living Colour), particularly on She's Fresh and It's a Shame (especially the last minute of the track). I also liked the Tom Tom Club backing track for It's Nasty. Favorite track was The Message. As soon as I heard the "ah-huh-huh-huh" and "it makes me wonder how I keep from going under" my immediate reaction was, "hey, they did that in Hamilton" (with the line "it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder" and the laughing when they're singing "you don't have the votes"). I'm not a big rap fan, so I think I missed out on a lot of callbacks in Hamilton...I feel like I'm getting schooled in rap history during the 1001 albums journey and I'm enjoying it more than I expected I would. Calling it a 3 primarily because the album just didn't blow me away but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

The Message and a nice sample / cover thing of Genius of Love. And a couple surprising RnB tracks. This would have been super innovative when it came out in the early 80s.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

One of those albums that's insanely important for moving the genre forward, but hasn't aged all that well. Certain songs (the entirely voice-boxed "Scorpio") are total misses, while certain songs (the title track) are just awesome, and still have a very important message (heh.) With context, good. If you weren't super into rap and didn't realize what the genre owed this record, pretty bad. Favorite tracks: "The Message", "You Are"

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Good flow

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Certainly didn't expect those R&B tracks in the middle. Not sure what was sampled vs what was actually played. But some damn fine tracks on this album. 3.5/5

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

groovettone

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Leuk het begin van het de hip hop hype

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Tue Jan 18 2022
3

This reminded me of the first time I snapped my banjo string. I enjoyed the pain.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

The influence and impact this single record from Grandmaster Flash has had on Hip Hop and Rap is incredible. The samples Flash uses alone are used in so many modern songs proving his inventiveness with making catchy beats and hooks. The Furious Five also serve as one of the more atypical, but very talented MC Crews of this golden age of early hip hop.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Legendary for launching a genre, but boy, is it dated. I'm also not sure the Stevie Wonder tribute was relevant or listenable when it was released. Best track: The Message

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

YASS! Super classic! Love White Lines and The Message but this was so informative and interesting! Didn't realise how funky it was, like She's Fresh. And more funk than rap. Loved this. Will definitely listen to this again!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Good instrumentals and production, decent rapping all around too. Has some good songs too like Its Nasty and Scorpio. I'd say this album for me is alright, but gets a bit tedious by the end. I do appreciate the variety between early hip hop and the romatic songs as it makes it easier to listen for the first time. For some reason, I couldn't dig the title track which I know is very well regarded. Just was too long and had enough halfway through. Preferred it's sequel (Survival) in the deluxe tracks weirdly. Also really enjoyed New York New York a lot and seriously wondering why it wasn't on the original album.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Very old school hip hop.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Not.my kind of.music

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

It's nasty sample for sweet fantasy was a cool surprise and the message is great. More signing than I thought would be on it

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

back to the roots

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

Interesting history. This album can't be labeled as just "hip-hop" - yes there are elements of it in most songs but "Dreamin'" and "You Are" are melodic soul songs without a trace of rap. But songs like "She's Fresh" which is awesome and catchy-as-hell (a perfect opening track) and the early/timeless hit "The Message" are just fun old-school hip-hop with killer basslines/melodies. "Scorpio" sounds like something Beck would definitely have listened to and taken a lot from 15-20 years later. Interesting/cool crossover note: "The Message" influenced Genesis in 1983 so much that in their hit song "Mama" Phil Collins took that "hahahaha" laugh directly from this song. It definitely is "of the time" but for me that's what makes it enjoyable - it's definitely worth a listen now and again, especially if you really like early hip-hop. Fun. 7/10 3 stars.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

I really enjoyed the beginning and end and it’s funky style but there was a stretch in the middle where it was really slow and exhausting. However the start and finish were fun and good

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Eclectic mix. I like the different samples and styles.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

3/5 was chill

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Solid funk / proto-rap album. 7 songs and each is unique, a bit up and down. Enjoyed She's Fresh, It's a Shame, and The Message. The others were ok.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Some really good classic hip-hop. Lots of variety and I was going to say the feel was more "fun", which I enjoyed, up until the last song which definitely had some more disturbing lyrics

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Sat Mar 26 2022
3

This album is incredibly important and for that it gets credit. However, this album is also quite uneven. It oscillates between rap, funk, electronica, and even outright easy listening in ‘You Are.’ I’m a fan of range on an album, but here it can be jarring. The bass work in this album is phenomenal and the singing is great though some of the harmonies fall flat. I’m a fan of the synth here as well as dated as it is. Lyrically this album has moments of social criticism and it’s there where it has its greatest moments. The best track by far is of course ‘The Message.’

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Play that funky music, 80’er, ghettoblaster, samples

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

I didn’t realise the actual ‘Message’ album was quite so eclectic. Love the title track. Love Scorpio, but the rest is a bit cheesy for me, either in the soul stylings (not what I expected) or the fairly basic use of samples in places (Nasty). Still worth it for The Message itself, but would have made a better four track ep.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

fun

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Music. Nice.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
3

Love Scorpio, rest a bit dated or meh. I remember The Message seeming a bit mainstream even when it came out

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