Melle Mel was the original vocalist on The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. This month Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five will be the first hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Many rappers regard The Message as an inspiration, as well as a political message. Melle Mel also rapped on the updated version, The New Message.
Rebroadcast from Aug. 4, 1992.