Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five "The Message" Tops the Rolling Stone 100 Best Songs of Hip-Hop

HipHop News Posted on April 26, 2016 at 1:12pm

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five "The Message" Tops the Rolling Stone 100 Best Songs of Hip-Hop

Interestingly, only two songs of this decade made the list and both are of Kanye West.

The City of new York, New York - The genre of Hip Hop has created a lot of classic records, so wrapping your head around 100 of the best (not to mention the classification of them) could be considered quite the task.

Rolling Stone was the challenge and put recently combed through 40 years of music to create their brand of 100 Best Hip Hop songs of the list.

In the end, there can only be one winner and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five "The Message" was awarded the highest honor. Published in 1982, became one of the first socio-conscious records of rap and the culture that go mainstream, in part thanks to its catchy "don't push me because I'm close to the edge" chorus and infectious break beat. Also, it is almost never publicized fact is the fact that Melle Mel and Duke Booty are the only ones Furious Five members, who actually perform on the track.

A 2015 edition of the Greatest Hip Hop songs of the list was devoid of any Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and inclusion, which caused both Bizzy and Layzie Bone to lash out in anger at the length of the publication. That oversight has been amended in the latest update of their hit "Tha Crossroads" is firmly planted in the #95.

While automatic selections such as Eminem's "Stan," Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck," said Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg "Nuthin But a 'G' Thang' and N. W. a "Fuck tha Police" to round of the list, it is worth nothing that Rolling Stone sent a clear message to keep the summary in a large extent in the Gold and the Diamond Times, with the only inclusions from the current decade that is coming from the vault of Kanye West. The larger of the pair, Nicki Minaj's show-stealing "Monster" falls in line at #69, while the electro-bounce of the Hit Boy-produced, Jay Z duet, "Niggas in Paris" gets a #71 placement. Could it be that the Digital Era is failing to make music that resonates down the line or this list is too rooted in nostalgia? The debate is eternal.

See all of Rolling Stone's 10


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