Rolling Stone magazine has once again presented a greatest of all time list. The latest edition focuses on songs by Hip Hop artists. The nearly 50-year-old music publication counted down from L’Trimm’s “Cars With the Boom” (100) to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” (1).
The magazine wrote about “The Message”:
It was the first song to tell, with hip-hop’s rhythmic and vocal force, the truth about modern life in inner-city America. Over seven minutes, atop a Seventies P-Funk jam, rapper Melle Mel and co-writer Duke Bootee, a member of the Sugar Hill Records house band, traded lines and scenes of struggle and decay, with a warning at the end of each verse: “Don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head.” The Furious Five’s pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash later said that “The Message” proved their music could “speak things that have social significance and truth.”
Here is the Top 10 of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Of All Time. To check out the full list visit rollingstone.com.