modern inner-city life in America. This gives a sense of how influential this song was to the evolution of hip-hop. This beginning of conscious lyricism paved the way for rappers and rap groups such as NWA, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, and Slick Rick. Rolling Stones also dubbed this song as #1 on the most influential Hip –Hop songs of all-time. If you are still a fan of rap music today, you can see how this song helped revolutionize the way some rappers make music dating back from the 80s/90s to today. Some of examples of rappers who use/used conscious lyrics as the foundation of their success is Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Tupac, J. Cole, Biggie and many more. The fact I’m getting at is this song is the reason why these rappers were successful. It gave a new style of music other than party music, it gave artist a chance to paint pictures of social issues African Americans face and how hard life was living in the ghetto. In conclusion, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five created a song that would become one of the pillars in the evolution of the rap genre. In a musical period when rap music was focused in partying and dancing, this song revolutionized the rap game by giving the artists this new approach of conscious lyricism. ‘The Message’ epitomizes both street life in New York City and the music genre that was birthed there. This song was a pure embodiment if the urban life of African Americans and gave way to artists everywhere to rap on the social issues that were occurring, most of these issues are still relevant in society today. Works Citied Khan, Yussuf. “"The Message" Turns 35 And Remains Hip-Hop's Premier Social Commentary.” TheShadowLeague.com, 30 June 2017, Link: - hop-social-commentary . Redding, Dan. “'The Message' is the Most 'New York' Song of All Time.” Culture Creature , 4 Nov. 2016, Link: . “The Message (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five song).” Wikipedia , Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Jan. 2018, Link: (Grandmaster_Flash_and_the_Furious_Five_song)# Reception “Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (Ft. Duke Bootee & Grandmaster Melle Mel) – The Message.” Genius , 1 Oct. 1982, Link:
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