The Message
Studio Album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (rap group)
Released 1982
Recorded 1981-82
Genre/Style Old school hip-hop, electro
Length 39:17
Label Sugar Hill Records (record label)
Producer(s) Jigsaw Productions, Sylvia Robinson
Last album
This album The Message (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five album)
Next album On the Strength (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five album)

The Message is the debut studio album of the American hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in 1982 on Sugar Hill Records. It is considered one of the most prominent records in the history of hip-hop music with its most notable single being "The Message", which is often listed as one of the most influential hip-hop songs.

Track listingEdit

No. TitleComposer(s) Length
1. "She's Fresh"  Milton Edwards, Bobbie Knight 4:57
2. "It's Nasty"  Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth (Tom Tom Club) 4:19
3. "Scorpio"  Guy Todd Williams, K. Wiggins, Eddie Morris, Nathaniel Glover, Melvin Glover 4:55
4. "It's a Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)"  Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright, Lee Garrett, Curtis Daniel Harmon, James Lloyd 4:57
5. "Dreamin'"  Gary Henry, Eddie Morris, Melvin Glover, Guy Williams, Nathaniel Glover, Robert Keith Wiggins 5:47
6. "You Are"  Gary Henry, Eddie Morris, Melvin Glover, Guy Williams, Nathaniel Glover, Robert Keith Wiggins 4:51
7. "The Message"  Clifton Chase, Edward Fletcher, Melvin Glover, Sylvia Robinson 7:12
1982 UK LP[1] / 2002 European CD reissue
No. TitleComposer(s) Length
8. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"  Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover, Gabrielle Jackson, Jiggs Chase, Gwendolyn Chisolm, Cheryl Cook, Michael Wright, Guy O'Brien, John Richard Deacon, Joseph Saddler, Angela Brown 7:06
2010 Expanded Edition CD reissue
No. TitleComposer(s) Length
8. "Message II (Survival)"  Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover 6:46
9. "New York, New York"  Sylvia Robinson, Edward G Fletcher, Reginald Lamar Griffin, Melvin Glover 7:19
10. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Himself"  Unknown - see '2010 Expanded Edition' notes 5:45
11. "The Message (Instrumental Version)"  Edward G Fletcher, Clifton Chase, Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover 7:11
Samples and notes


  • The Sugarhill Gang - Lead Vocals
  • Bernard Rowland, Douglas Wimbish - Bass
  • Brian Horton, Keith LeBlanc - Drums
  • Bert Williams, Skip McDonald - Guitar
  • Nate Edmonds, Skitch Smith - Keyboards
  • Harry Reyes, John Stump - Percussion
  • Craig Derry - Vocals, Congas
  • Sylvia Robinson - Vibraphone


  • "It's Nasty" Released: 1981
  • "Scorpio" Released: 1981
  • "The Message" Released: 1982


  • Bass - Doug Wimbish
  • Guitar - Skip McDonald
  • Prophet Sequential - Reggie Griffin, Jiggs, Sylvia Robinson
  • Keyboards - Gary Henry, Dwain Mitchell
  • Drums - Keith Leblanc
  • Percussion - Ed Fletcher
  • Brass - Chops Horn Section


See AlsoEdit

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