Lupe Fiasco, Common, & LL Cool J Spread ‘The Message’ with Grandmaster Flash

Common and LL Cool J

Lupe Fiasco, Common, and LL Cool J joined Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and rapper Scorpio for a special performance of “The Message” at Wednesday’s Grammy nominations special. The seminal recording by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five was newly inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

“It’s the quintessential classic hip-hop record—from the beat to the rhymes to the concept to the consciousness that’s in the record to the reality, it’s like a window into the world,” said Lupe. “That’s what it was back then and you can play the record now and it’s still relevant.”

Rick Ross, who was scheduled to perform, was noticeably absent. However, Nicki Minaj got in on the action when LL passed her the mic in the audience.


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  1. ughreally

    This was awesome. Hip Hop artists inducted. LL is always classic. Nicki had fun too.


  2. nicki the best hoe

    thats right nicki have a ball with the big dogs


  3. ed

    amazing, classic hip hop with some new school rappers. love it.


  4. ac3

    haha they bowed to LL. Untouchable as always. :)


  5. hate revolver

    I’m glad to see the recognition hip hop is finally getting. I know some music genres are pissed that hip hop is ruling the airwaves right now. And l wish the new rappers would learn more from the original o.g’s of rap not youtubing your raps and becoming popular like you were always down with hip hop.


  6. sandi b.

    It is awesome to see “The Message” acknowledged at The Grammys. But I want to educate everyone who wants to know… Mele Mel is one of the writers of the song, also Mele Mel and Scorpio are original members of the group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5… Along with Flash.

    LL Cool J, Common and Lupe Fiasco with Flash, Mele Mel and Scorpio made the show!!! Loved it!


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