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Melle Mel Stands by 'The Message'

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Melle Mel Stands by 'The Message'

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Melle Mel Stands by 'The Message'

Melle Mel Stands by 'The Message'

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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.