SONG Grandmaster Flash The Furious Five Freedom All of their music came from a

Song grandmaster flash the furious five freedom all

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SONG: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Freedom All of their music came from a live house band (Sugarhill house band) Sugarhill also had a singing coach to teach them A lot of the time he spent there he spent like an executive, working with the engineers and in the sound booths o In the studio sessions he wasn’t a producer, or of an observer Because of Blondie’s song in 1981 his popularity continues to increase 1981 is one of his biggest years, also because his name is mentioned on a top 40 record Wheels of Steel song is also doing very well At this point in his career they are still considered a party rap band Rap continuously changes every few years Silvia had an idea in the summer 1982 when “The Message” was released o The most influential song released by the group o Different from any other rap song o The song tells about New York as a place not only with cars and women o The message was about the conditions in the Bronx, as a concrete jungle, where it was hard to survive Until then rap was supposed to be entertainment music, not about songs and messages o It’s not that no one was doing this before, but she brought it out The song changes the playing field for other rap records in regards to what they could do The song peaked at #4 on the billboard charts Proved that you didn’t need to make party records to sell records The Furious Five wanted nothing to do with the song o The group started experiencing control by Silvia Robinson o Only people rapping on this record is Melle Mel and Duke Bootee o Other members not included, but it is still their name is on the record o Melle Mel was mad because the rest of the Furious Five are taking credit for his song It was a worldwide hit She made more money with this record than with Rapper’s Delight This was Flash’s first time going gold Problem is that the Furious Five had no involvement in the song Duke Bootee is a percussionist with the house band Silvia Robinson was able to manipulate things to make commercial success Melle Mel and Duke Bootee did most of their album Flash was upset that the song was advertised as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five when they realistically weren’t really on it Flash tried to get everyone on the album but Silvia wouldn’t listen It was the highest charting LP in Sugarhill history (singles make little money, while albums make lots of money) Melle Mel’s studio time increased while the rest of the group was left to fall apart o As if she wanted to only sign the one member o She was tearing them apart – the street essence changed as the dynamic of their environment changed They put out another song called The Message 2
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o Proved that there were more stories in the ghetto than just the first song which was more than 12 minutes long o Neither songs repeated anything She put the same two artists on the record – simply was exploiting their name
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