Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2007

Inducted by: Jay-Z

Nominated in: 2005   2006   2007

First Eligible: 2005 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Grandmaster Flash, Cowboy, Kid Creole, Melle Mel, Rahiem and Scorpio

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2007 (ranked #173) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Message (1982)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981)
The Message (1982)

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five @ Wikipedia

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five Videos


45 comments so far (post your own)


Posted by SHAWN on Friday, 10.20.06 @ 11:03am

It's not rock, it's rap.

Posted by Michael Boyd on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 09:13am

It's not rap jackass. Learn before you attempt to level.

Posted by MC on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 11:02am

I always looked at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as more of a Popular Music Hall of Fame. Grandmaster Flash had a significant impact on the music scene and deserves some recognition for it.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.13.06 @ 10:36am

So many losers saying these kind of bands should not be in the hall of fame, there just saying they dont deserve because they were rapping, but the hall of fame mainly focuses on influence, and they were many rap bands that were a huge influence.

Posted by Edward on Saturday, 12.23.06 @ 04:28am

You fools. The very thing that brought about rock's demise. Thanks alot! No Bowie, no Mott, no Kiss and no Todd Rundgren. This place is in Cleveland, right??? P.S. Television Sucks.

Posted by molloy on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 12:38pm

Bowie is in. Stop your crying.

Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 15:44pm

Rap actually has rooted from rock n roll

Posted by TRTRZ on Friday, 01.19.07 @ 09:15am

Ha Ha Ha noobs he is aleady inducted and theres nothing u can do.

Most of You idiots probley dont even know any good rap artists, and mostly just listen to the ones we have now that just boost themselves and has no meaning. public enemy,beastie boys,dr.dre,run-dmc,eric.b,rakim,NWA better get in

Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 00:10am

They might be influence on many rock bands using 'rap'. But you must know that Rock n Roll died since some rock bands have used 'rap' on vocals. Most people never like 'rap' rock but still listen to 70's and 80's rock instead. Only few people like 'rap' rock.
After all it is nonsense that they were inducted to rock n roll hall of fame.

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 07:29am

What a load of shat Edward.

Because of acts like NWA and Dr. Dre there are hoards of saggy pants ghetto wannabees running around giving everyone the stardown. Yea thanks NWA, what to innovate.

Posted by John on Thursday, 05.17.07 @ 22:21pm

Sort of like how Robert Plant is almost solely responsible for the slew of high-pitched, howling vocalists that "sang" in every hair metal band in the '80s. Or how the Beatles and their contemporaries paved the way for effeminate boy bands to sell millions of records to suburban teenage girls.

Posted by William on Thursday, 05.17.07 @ 23:32pm

William, try putting you e-mail adress with your name, that way it'll be easier for our esteemed webmaster to sort out the impostors.

That's some serious bush-league stuff.

Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 05.22.07 @ 15:09pm

"Rap actually has rooted from rock n roll"

Nothing could be further from the truth. Hip Hop was originally rooted in Jamaican reggae, specically "Dub." Hip Hop was also influenced by Disco:

"Hip-hop was both rooted in disco, and a backlash against it. According to Kurtis Blow, the early days of hip-hop were characterized by divisions between fans and detractors of disco music. Either way, it is indisputable that disco had an effect on hip-hop music and culture, due to the fact that the first commercial rap hit "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang in 1979, was flush with tenets of disco, from the funk-laden beat to the televised exploitation involving the clothes, dancing, and corny special effects, all associated with disco."

That is from Wikipedia - other influences listed included - Jazz, talking blues, Scat, African music, etc. There is no mention of Rock.

Sure, later on Hip Hop bands would incorporate rock, but that does not make it rock music. The fact is, the roots of hip hop and rap have little if anything to do with rock music. If anything, hip hop and rap were the antithesis of rock (i.e. no instruments or guitar solos, no singing (in the traditional sense, etc.).

Posted by Anon on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 13:46pm

New York, New York!!! Big city of dreams!!! Man I'm tellin' ya'll....Don't sleep on DJ Flash and Melle Mel.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Sunday, 07.8.07 @ 13:34pm

I went to a friends house and seen there cds and albums and said man this is just freedom in taste.

Posted by ick on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 03:44am

Rap is Rap and real Rock n Roll is not Rap!. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be what the name says, for Rock and Roll only!

Posted by StarMan on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:34pm

The "Rock n Roll" doesn't solely refer to rock... I'm not personally a fan of Flash, but I still recognize his gigantic influence on music. And btw, Kiss was kinda crappy, mostly famous because Gene Simmons' had that weird tongue thing...Just saying.

Posted by Trey on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 16:10pm

As a guitar player for 40 years (I played in a funk band in the 70's) I must say I just don't get it! They don't belong in the ROCK & ROLL hall of fame!! Its not just KISS, but a whole slew of talent WAY more deserving. If there were a hip-hop hall of fame do you think they'd let rockers in? Let me think...NO!!! Ask the typical music lover on the street if they've even heard of Grandmaster Flash! Like I've said before, Rock & Rol isn't about being politically correct! If a rap group HAS to be in, it should've been Sugarhill Gang, They were the ones who brought it mainstream first!!

Its all a bunch of nonsense!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 07:45am

Forget what all of these so-called Purist are sayin'. Hip Hop has influenced Rock. Just listen to all of these Rap-Rock groups. Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Kid Rock.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 13:36pm

Those four are all arguments against raps inclusion.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 13:42pm

Forget all of the emotions !!! You've got to give credit where it's do. It's the principle. Get'em Flash !!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 13:49pm

Wow, I do not even care if some rap artists makes it in but if they're a one-hit wonder... yes a one-hit wonder they only had "The Message" it questions me. Honestly you can look at any artist now and ask yourself should they make the Hall of Fame but your going to say well if a one-hit wonder makes it in then sure why not. Seriously the Sugarhill Gang should easily be in over Grandmaster.

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 00:48am

Grandmaster Trash

Posted by Bluntman on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:38pm

Hey Bluntman, why don't you tell us how you really feel :)

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:41pm

How I feel? Words can't express how pissed I am that some one hit wonder rap group gets in while the likes of Deep Purple, Genesis or the Small Faces remain out

Posted by Bluntman on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:43pm

Don't worry Bluntman. A lot of people feel the same way. On a side note, isn't a bit odd that someone like GF gets his band "The Furious Five" inducted while someone like Smokey Robinson gets in without the Miracles? It makes no sense

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:48pm

Bruce Springsteen didn't get inducted with the E street band, Buddy Holly inducted with no Crickets, and Zappa with no Mothers. I don't know the mindset of the commitee when it comes to bands that support an artist.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:59pm

And then there's Tom Petty. Who gets in with The Heartbreakers

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:02pm

I noticed on this site that George Thorogood is not listed with the Delaware Destroyers and I asked myself, "why?". The bands are just as important as the artist himself.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:08pm

Is Bill Haley in with or without The Comets?

Posted by Big T on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:12pm

What about Paul McCartney & Wings?

Posted by Big T on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:13pm

Paul McFartney & Chicken Wings were a shitty group who just produced manure

Posted by EGgNoG on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:14pm

No, both PM and BH are not in with thier backing groups. David Bowie isn't in with the Spiders from Mars either.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:18pm

And yet some rapper gets in with his little group who are one hit wonders. What a joke

Posted by Big T on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:23pm

DJ Hero ...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 10:35am

How did Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and RUN DMC get inducted into the Rock Hall if most of the people who are voting are artists from the 50s, 60s, and 70s? How did they get in on the first try, but not the Beastie Boys?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 08.1.11 @ 19:34pm

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugarhill Records.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 16:50pm

Didn;t know where else to put it so here is my list of rappers that I believe deserve induction

Grandmaster Flash
Public Enemy
Notorious B.I.G
Jay Z
Beastie Boys
Eric B And Rakim

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 10.22.11 @ 15:24pm

Good list, GFW. Only thing I'd add would be OutKast and (I don't think it's too premature) Kanye West.

Posted by Paul Kagebein on Saturday, 10.22.11 @ 20:35pm

Oh yeah, i forgot Outkast
Kanye's probably had the most consistent run of great albums in rap, even public Enemy went mediocre after the fourth album.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 10.23.11 @ 11:01am

"And yet some rapper gets in with his little group who are one hit wonders. What a joke"

Influence & innovation > charting singles

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 09.7.13 @ 12:36pm

"Influence & innovation > charting singles"

This can't be repeated often enough.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 09.7.13 @ 15:17pm

My opinion on rappers being inducted is that I'm okay with it since I like rap music, as long as rap doesn't take the hall of fame over, there's no harm in inducting 1 rap act now and then

Posted by James on Friday, 06.13.14 @ 01:41am

My opinion on rappers being inducted is that I'm okay with it since I like rap music, as long as rap doesn't take the hall of fame over, there's no harm in inducting 1 rap act now and then

Posted by James on Friday, 06.13.14 @ 01:41am

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