Grandmaster Flash

Fresh and Furious: Hip Hop's Beginning

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This double CD set collects the early Sugarhill recordings of one of the seminal architects of hip-hop. With the emphasis on original vocal tracks performed over down-and-dirty 1970s street funk, these Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five sides are a world away from the later sample-heavy efforts that came to typify the genre, but in timeless tracks like "The Message" and socially conscious cuts like "It's a Shame" lie the roots of more politically oriented acts like N.W.A. and Public Enemy.

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