Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveFormed 1976. Disbanded 1988
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were an American hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. Composed of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole [not to be confused with disco recording artist and Cocoanuts frontman Kid Creole], Keith Cowboy, Mr. Ness/Scorpio and Rahiem, the group's use of turntablism, break-beat DJing, and conscious lyricism were significant in the early development of hip hop music.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five initially built their reputation performing at parties and live shows in the late 1970s and achieved local success. By the time the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released, the group realized the potential of cutting records and signed with various labels until staying with Sugar Hill Records. Under Sugar Hill Records, the group rose to prominence in the early 1980s with their first hit "Freedom" (1980). It was not until the release of "The Message" (1982) and the album of the same name that they achieved mainstream success.