1982 hit 'The Message' named best hip hop song of all time

ANI
6 December 2012

Wellington, Dec 6 (ANI): The 1982 hit 'The Message' by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five has been named the greatest hip hop song of all time, in the first such list by Rolling Stone magazine.

According to Rolling Stone, the track, which tops a list of 50 influential hip hop songs, was the first track "to tell, with hip hop's rhythmic and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America," Stuff.co.nz reported.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, a hip hop collective from the south Bronx in New York, was formed in 1978 and became one of the pioneers of the hip hop genre.

The full list spanned songs ranging from Sugarhill Gang's 1979 hit 'Rapper's Delight,' which came in at No. 2, to Kanye West's 2004 hit 'Jesus Walks,' which landed at No. 32.

"It's a list that would have been a lot harder to do ten or 15 years ago because hip hop is so young," Nathan Brackett, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone, said.

"We've reached the point now where hip hop acts are getting into the (Rock and Roll) Hall Of Fame... it just felt like the right time to give this the real Rolling Stone treatment," he added.

Rolling Stone's top 10 featured mostly hip hop veterans, such as Run-D.M.C.'s 1983 track 'Sucker M.C.'s,' Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's 1992 hit 'Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang,' Public Enemy's 1990 song 'Fight The Power' and Notorious B.I.G's 1994 hit 'Juicy.'

Other influential artists in the top 50 songs included Beastie Boys, who came in at No. 19 with Paul Revere, and recordings by Jay-Z, Eminem, Missy Elliot, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Nas and the late rapper 2Pac. (ANI)

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