Happy Born Day Grandmaster Melle Mell

Happy Born Day Grandmaster Melle Mel

Happy Birthday to the one and only Grandmaster Melle Mel!   He turns 55 years of age on May 15 2016.  The man was a true pioneer and one of the first superstars in Hip Hop History!  He, Grandmaster Flash and the rest of the Furious Five gave us so many classics like “White Lines“, “Beat Street” “Step Off” “The Message” and more.  If we didn’t have Melle Mel, we wouldn’t have Run DMC, Public Enemy, Boogie Down and Rakim.  He is truly an inspiration and we as Hip Hop Heads owe him nothing but respect and appreciation.  To show my appreciation, here are my Top 3 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five tracks of all time.

3.  Step Off 

“So if you’re ever in a battle, i’m a make you my slave
And i’m a give you a shovel so you can dig a grave
Leave behind all your fame and wealth
So you can say one rhyme then bury yourself huh!
I may sound possessed, but you know i’m blessed
With the will to make sense of all this mess
I’m the power of the sun that shines in the sky
And i’m the only M.C that’ll never die
So just rock and don’t stop ’til you hit the top
But when you se Melle Mel you’re gonna have to drop

2.  Beat Street Breakdown

“Well, a picture can express a thousand words
To describe all the beauty of life you give
And if the world was yours to do over
I know you’d paint a better place to live
Where the colors would swirl
And the boys and girls can grow in peace and harmony
And where murals stand on walls so grand
As far as the eyes are able to see, ha “

1.  The Message

“A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind
God is smilin’ on you but he’s frownin’ too
Because only God knows what you’ll go through
You’ll grow in the ghetto livin’ second-rate
And your eyes will sing a song called deep hate
The places you play and where you stay
Looks like one great big alleyway
You’ll admire all the number-book takers
Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
Drivin’ big cars, spendin’ twenties and tens
And you’ll wanna grow up to be just like them
Huh, smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
You say I’m cool, huh, I’m no fool
But then you wind up droppin’ outta high school”

Happy Born Day Grandmaster Melle Mel and here’s hoping you celebrate many more!  It’s your birthday yet we get the presents!  Thank you for all the music you blessed us with that made our childhood that much funkier!  We salute you!!!  RAAHHH!

-Al E.

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