News: Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Common & More Deliver "The Message"
Monday, Nov 28, 2011 3:50PM
Rap stars Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Common and LL Cool J will team up later this week to perform Furious Five's "The Message" hip-hop classic at "The Grammy Nominations" live concert.
According to reports, they will join other Furious Five members for the one-hour show special.
On November 30, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross and LL Cool J will join Furious Five members Melle Mel and Scorpio for a special performance of "The Message" during "The Grammy Nominations Concert," airing live on CBS. The one-hour show, will reveal the nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards which will take place on February 12, 2012 in Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. LL Cool J will host the awards and Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Rihanna, Sugarland and Usher have already been announced as performers while Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry will be on deck as award presenters. (MTV)
Last week, it was revealed Furious Five's "The Message" would be the first-ever hip-hop record inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The new entries, which also include Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." album, Cole Porter's pop standard "Anything Goes," Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's pioneering rap single "The Message" and Tina Turner's career-rejuvenating hit single "What's Love Got to Do With It" bring the total number of recordings chosen for the Hall of Fame to 906. (Los Angeles Times)
To date, the Grammy Awards committee have honored nearly 900 Hall of Fame records.
Established in 1973, more than 850 recording have been recognised in the Hall of Fame. Past inductees include The Beatles and Bob Dylan. "The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades," Mr Portnow said in a statement. "We are especially honoured to welcome this year's selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. "Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations." (BBC)
Since its 1980's release, "The Message" has been considered a hip-hop classic.
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five merged the Afrocentric consciousness expressed by such early rappers as Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets with b-boy production to create "The Message," an all-time rap anthem. It was the focal point of this LP, which also included "It's Nasty" and "Scorpio," two other strong cuts that might have been winners on their own. Unfortunately, rather than a starting point, this album proved to be their ultimate peak. (All Music)
The "Grammy Nominations" live concert is slated to air Wednesday, November 30th at 10 PM EST on CBS.
Check out "The Message" below: