(“The Message” original video)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five made waves in hip-hop with the release of their 1982 single “The Message” and in 2012 the classic song will finally be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. To commemorate the historic moment, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Scorpio performed their hit in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (November 30), as part of the Grammy Nominations Concert. Special guests Common, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool joined them to deliver the song.
Fans took to Twitter following the show to share their thoughts on the performances and “The Message” seemed to be a unanimous favorite.
“Okay the only thing Ive enjoyed about the Grammys Concert was “The Message” everything else….whatever *yawns*” wrote @SweetCoCo357, with @CoreyGmaN adding, “Wow LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Lupe Fiasco and Common rocked the song the “The Message” on the Grammys #grammys #CBS”
Some reviews were brief: @karenallen “Killer tribute to “The Message” with Grandmaster Flash,” while others were a bit more nostalgic. @acustom19 “Grandmaster Flash, Lupe, LL, Common killin the message. I remember my dad pumpin this in 88 on his boombox #memories #grammys”
@MikeDreamsMusic “THE MESSAGE with Grandmaster Flash, Common and Lupe Fiasco! This is crazy right now! #GrammyNominations.” One fan immediately needed a repeat. @herbg “I’m going to have to acquire this performance of The Message and re-watch it! That was awesome! #Grammys
One tweeter specifically addressed the song’s induction into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, writing, @John_Rbinson5 “The Grammys showing Rap music mad love with the upcoming Grammys…putting “The Message” in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.”