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For the first time ever, Rolling Stone published an article written about what the magazine called the top 50 songs that have influenced hip hop history. The song selections were made by a staff panel organized by the magazine, as well as outside experts. One of the outside experts was Questlove of legendary hip hop group The Roots. The song with the number one spot was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
The pioneering South Bronx-based hip hop group released the hit song in 1982. The social commentary in the song was a rift from the dancing, partying, and good times themes present in contemporary hip hop music at the time.