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Real hip hop.

This is a pretty tight album overall. A lot of these tracks have the sort of party vibe, "radio-friendly" sound that distinguished a lot of Sugar Hill's records. "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)" and "Scorpio" are both good examples. That's not saying these songs are not classic tracks—they're just not as gritty and real as "The Message." That said, too, I've never really felt the group's attempts at R&B. To me, "Dreamin" and "You Are" were attempts by producers at Sugar Hill to turn GF&TF5 into something they were not. (Just like their later Prince-flavored track, "We Don't Work For Free.") Those songs sort of detract from the album here. As for the title track, I think "The Message" is one of the best rap songs ever recorded—if not THE best. It takes this Roger/Zapp chunk of funk and then spreads on a layer of social consciousness—something for your booty and your brain. (I like that in music.) I just wish rappers today would actually take the 7 minutes 11 seconds to listen to and absorb "The Message." Because this song not about hoes, or rims, or gold, or all of that trite crap that ALOT of these cats spit about today. This song is about the day-to-day problems of regular folks. Plain and simple. This is a track about normal people trying to stay sane, trying to get by, and wanting to live a normal life—without the "Rats in the front room, roaches in the back...," or their kids having to face pushers every day, or getting their car repossessed... Honestly, this is essential music right here. Also, check out "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash..." to hear a turntable god do his thing.

Memories

Haedcore was what we considered the Message to be. All of us youngsters. We were the up and coming gangsters of the new millenium. I can remember saying Don't push me cuz I 'm close to the edge, but so many of us who lay 6 feet under were not really trying. I look at the youngsters today and try to guide them away from the place where I once dwelled but the Memories what a wonderful time it reminds me . Here it is for the Boyz who ain't heah!!!!!!

where did hip/hop go?

this is the real thing. a song with a good meaning to it, it is sad to see what has happend to hip/hop today. hip/hop now gives a bad MESSAGE!

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