Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a famous US hip hop band created in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Comprised of one DJ (Grandmaster Flash) and five rap artists (Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Cowboy, Mr. Ness/Scorpio, and Rahiem), the band’s use of turntablism, break- beat deejaying, choreography and lyrics was a great force in the beginning of the development of hip-hop.
The band became famous in the beginning of 1980s with their first successful tracks “Freedom”, and then with their greatest work “The Message”, which is usually mentioned as one the most powerful hip hop tracks. But in 1983, relations between Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel started to strain, and the band dismantled. The group has reunited four years later. They recorded a new album, which was met without any enthusiasm. Later on, the band split up for good.
In general, the band was active for half a decade and recorded 2 albums. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was the first rap band ever to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.