Melle Mel Stands by 'The Message' 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.
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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'

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.