Rapper Melle Mel: Delivering 'The Message'

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When the hit rap song "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five came out in the early 1980s, many rappers regarded it as an inspiration as well as a political message.

Melle Mel was the original vocalist on "The Message." (This interview originally aired August 4, 1992.)

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