The Furious Five’s Scorpio Calls out Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's impact on rap music and hip-hop culture is undeniable. Having released arguably the most influential rap song song ever "The Message" in 1982 - and becoming the first rappers to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 - the New York group is forever stamped in hip-hop lore. Tracks like “Supper Rappin”, “Freedom”, “It’s Nasty” and “Beat Street” would add to their legacy. However, disagreements between Flash and rappers Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Keith Cowboy, Scorpio and Rahiem have marred comeback efforts by the group in the past. Now, founding member Scorpio is speaking up on the status of the group and what led to past riffs calling out Grand Master Flash as the culprit of contention in a interview with YaHeard.
There's no denying GMF's pioneer status as a turn table specialist, but according to Scorpio his contributions to the group were minimal, at best, even comparing him to infamous lip syncing duo Milli Vanilli. "'The Message' was the most critically acclaimed record but it’s been everything. He’s not on any of them, that’s why we came with the Milli Vanilli thing," said Scorpio.
Scorpio claims Flash has taken advantage of his name being the most prominent in the group despite not contributing to any tracks. "The biggest mistake the Furious Five made was to leave his name before ours," he said. "Being young kids we thought, we started as a group lets end like that. We didn’t know that ultimately it would turn around where he would use the brand that we all helped build against us. We were still performing but Melle Mel brought it to our attention. Flash understood branding in our group before us. So once he understood after all of these records we put out and tours and people were starting to say Grand Master Flash and not the Furious Five but was associating it with our group that's when he started his shit."
The issue is now affecting the rappers' livelihoods. According to Scorpio they have problems booking shows if Flash isn't on the bill. "They want to book us, but its harder for them to sell The Furious Five," he said. "But when you put The Furious Five next to Grand Master Flash that's like, 'Oh shit I’d love to book that. Yo I want that.' It comes alive. Flash says 'I wonder why you’re having problems getting booked?' I’m like, 'Flash, why the problem? Everyone thinks Grand Master Flash, the name is you?' When he didn’t have anything to do with the records. He wants to keep all of it to himself. The reason we’re coming out with it now you know is because we had hopes that maybe one day he would wake up and say, 'Let’s do these world tours, lets do what Mick Jagger and them do.'"
Hopefully these rap legends can make amends. Check out the entire interview, HERE.