Rolling Stone Names Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five's "The Message" Greatest Hip Hop Song Ever

posted Wednesday December 05 ,2012 at 10:30AM CST | 38 comments

Rolling Stone Names Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five's

Jay-Z, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur cover the latest issue.

Rolling Stone magazine has named Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" as the greatest Hip Hop song of all time.

According to Reuters, the 1982 hit crowns the list of the 50 most influential Hip Hop songs of all time. The magazine refers to the song as the first track "to tell, with Hip Hop's rhythmic and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America."

Additional songs on the list include Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (No. 2), Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" (No. 19) Run-D.M.C.'s "Sucker M.C.'s," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' But A G Thang," Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" (No. 32). Additional artists to make the cut include Jay-Z, Eminem, Missy Elliott, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Nas and Tupac.

The full list, compiled by 33 members of a panel that included ?uestlove, editors and experts, will be released online at RollingStone.com and will be included in the magazine on December 7th. That issue will feature four different covers: Eminem, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, the picture of which can be viewed below (via Instagram).

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  • BeanTown Breezy
    Funny beacuse this list represents REAL hip hop music by REAL artist and that is why all you little fuckboys nowadays who are too concerned with saying the word swag,wearing your kid sisters pants,rocking pink hoodies and possessing the lyrical ability of a friggin' grapefruit can't relate. It is 2012 and in order to appreciate hip hop music as a culture you NEED to do your homework. This is some of the most influential, creative, and groundbreaking hip hop ever. I would replace some with others but I have been down since day one so I can say that. Did you really think Rick Ross,2 Chainz,Drake/Wayne or Wizzyboy slut impregnator or any garbage on YMCMB with it's migraine inducing bullshit pop bubble gum bitch shit was gonna be on here?...REALLY?...No...like REALLY?...bwahahaha!Shut the fu@# up now and sit down little youngin'. The difference with nw and back then was so much quality dope shit was constantly coming out so it was EASY to see who was wack. Now everybody is mostly wack and none othe new generation except(Kendrick, Black hippy,Meek,Cole) is bringing it on the REAL tip. We came from a harder time growing up where you had to be tough. Not like now where these little bitch kids would rather cry,talk shit on a computer, back out when they get confronted, and personify the pussy image your generation has created. Pimp C said your embarrassing us cuz guess what?...you are!No Classic albums and Kendrick's was dope but compared to the late 80's and 90's era...shit!...can't hold a friggin candle. if you don't believe me then listeen to half of these artists cd's. Too worried about sayin gthat fruti ass word SWAG when it originated from homosexuals in San Francisco?Go figure huh. Our dead na doverrated rappers will always and are better than any bullshit you got so keep trying little youngin' cuz you can copy and duplicate all you want but you just come up shirt cuz the bar was set WAY TO HIGH back in the day. Ddeal with it and move forward ya little pink candy wearin pussy fuckin faggots!(Screwball-F.A.Y.B.A.N. 99')
  • Anonymous
    Not a racist, but some whites need to stay away from HIP HOP... please.. No more Rolling Stones reviews.. stick to rock...
  • truth
    2pac and Biggie are the most overrated rappers ever. they are good but overrated because they died and thats a fact.
  • Anonymous
    ITZ 2 HARD 2 SAY WAT THE BEST SONG EVER WAS DOE BUT A GOOD PICK DIFFERENT GENERATIONS WOULD ALL HAVE DIFFERENT SONGS DAT DEY FEEK WAS DA BEST FUCK WIT ME SOUNDCLOUD.COM/REEK313
    • Anonymous
      Please finish your English class!..STAY IN SCHOOL FOOL!!
  • Anonymous
    Rolling Stone are pretty terrible at hip hop reviews. I remember when Wiz Kalifa made the front cover and they called him the greatest thing to come to hip hop since Eminem.
  • DMX
    What about Niggaz Done Started Somethin? That shit was the best. Fuck Rolling Stone. Just for that they won't get to preview my new Xmas album, "Rudolph The White Nosed Reindeer".
  • The MG
    I'm cool with this. After all, "The Message" is one of the most influential songs in hip hop.
  • LIKE A JUNGLE SOMETIMES
    It is definitely a top contender, it was the first rap song to shed light on the negatives of living in the ghetto.
  • Erick Sermon
    At the end of the day it's all opinion. Whoever put this shit at number one ain't the King of Hip Hop. He can have his opinion, but it doesn't mean shit to me.
  • Nuff said...
    Thats a fair pick. Debatable, but its most definitely one of the greatest rap songs of all time. Im cool with this...
  • Doubl Negative
    This list was compiled by white hipsters, thus this is irrelevant.
    • Anonymous
      Irrelevant because of their skin color? loL. I bet Rakim, Jay, Nas, Eminem all agree the song is worthy of #1. Guess you didn't get "The Message"...........
    • nickrazor2000
      ?uestlove is a white hipster? You are an idiot and a hater
    • Doubl Negative
      Seems someone's been using my name to spread hatred about. Wonder what I've done to deserve this?
  • Anonymous
    Any list of "The 50 Greatest [Anything] of All Time" is bound to piss people off. Stop getting butt-hurt over a magazine's opinion, they are entitled to theirs as much as all of you are entitled to theirs. Instead of hating based on artists you are familiar with that didn't make the cut, you should use the list as a guideline for music you could potentially like. From eight tracks they have announced have made the cut it seems to be a very respectful list in regards to the history of Hip-Hop. Just because an artist you like didn't make #1 doesn't mean anything. Enjoy the wonderful music contained in this list, and if you don't like it, then that's fine. Listen to what you do like and enjoy it. Why waste time spreading negative energy online when we are all here based on the love for Hip-Hop music?
  • The Ice Cold Phenom
    "I take 7 MCs put em in a line...and add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme...Well it will take 7 more before I go for mine...Now that's 21 Mcs ate up at the same time." "My Melody" by Eric B and Rakim is the best hip hop song ever!
  • lol
    Rapper's delight is #1 period. That started fuckin everything, I don't care if they stole half the lyrics
    • Anonymous
      look nigga, Sugarhill Gang weren't even a real hip hop group. They were basically three guys from Englewood (WTF?!) that got thrown together and were told to do a rap song. All the reals MC's in NY got pissed the fuck off about that shit.
    • Ny-harlem
      I swear to god i was thinking the samething. If it really is a such thing as best song ever(another dumbass statement made by nerds wit jobs on websites) Rappers Delight have to be the best song. Its all opionated tho.
  • Ant
    WELL DONE! Nothing fancy just the facts in this track.
  • 2 Jobs
    Lil' Wayne's throwaway tracks are better than The Message! Rack City, B.M.F, Birthday, Aston Martin Music, The Motto, Superbass,.....10000 other songs > The Message! I'm not trolling! Just my honest opinion. And dont give me shit about you aint real hip hop! fuck outta here!
    • YouSerious?
      Well, if you're not trolling, then I feel sorry for you...
    • Anonymous
      It's obvious 2 Jobs is either being sarcastic or trolling.
    • Anonymous
      2 Jobs needs to quit is jobs and go to school to learn some hip hop history.
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    • nickrazor2000
      Hey 2 Jobs, Sorry dude You are totally trolling and you are definitly NOT hip hop. Deal with it
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      Damnnn.. I really hope that that ain't true.
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      You need 2 Jobs to support that Crack, Dust and Meth habit...
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      Thank you for showing us how retarded you are Mista Short bud driver. Go hide under a rock and die you clown. 2 blow jobs that is. Lame.
  • VCM
    it definitely wouldn't be my first choice but i see why they chose that
  • Anonymous
    SMH who says whats the best Hip Hop song of all time??? We'd be all year trying to narrow it down, but this song is the last song that I would put number 1.
    • Anonymous
      Moron.
    • Anonymous
      Your a fucking moron
    • Anonymous
      yeah, the last song? you fail, fool
    • dockevoc
      What would you put first, Lollipop or Prom Queen?