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By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell 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. The chorus itself was a painting of the realities in urban New York, as well as predominantly black urban areas across America. Everybody remembers the words: “Don’t push me/’cause I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head/ (Uh, huh, huh, huh, huh) It’s like a jungle/Somtimes it makes me wonder/How I keep form going under.” The song has been sampled by other popular hip hop artists such as Ice Cube ( Check Yourself) and Puff Daddy (Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down).   The time has finally come for hip hop to get its own recognition in a major mainstream magazine. Rolling Stone has already listed “The Message” at number 51 in its Top 500 Songs of All Time list. Nathan Brackett, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone stated the following about the new Top 50 list in an interview with Reuters : “It’s a list that would have been a lot harder to do ten or 15 years ago because hip hop is so young. We’ve reached the point now where hip hop acts are getting into the (Rock and Roll) Hall Of Fame… it just felt like the right time to give this the real Rolling Stone treatment.” To watch the music video of “The Message,” please click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4o8TeqKhgY  

Rolling Stone Magazine Names “The Message” Greatest Hip Hip Song Of All Time

By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell

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.

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