Grandmaster Melle Mel
Grandmaster Melle Mel is the first rapper to ever call himself an "MC" & Hip-Hop music’s first rap superstar. He is the voice of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, the group that invented the term "Hip-Hop" (thank you Keith Cowboy). They are the first & only Hip-Hop group ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As lead rapper & lyricist for the group, Melle Mel is singled out by music historians as the man most responsible for changing the focus in Hip-Hop music from a DJ’s dominated art form to one dominated by the MC’s. It has remained that way ever since. In a recent BBC poll of his peers, Melle Mel was named "G.O.A.T. - Greatest Rapper Of All-Time"!!!
His hits include “White Lines,” “New York New York,” “The Message,” "Survival (The Message 2),” "Step Off" & "Pump Me Up"