Melle Mel
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Background information
Born May 15, 1961
Birth name Melvin Glover
Also known as Grandmaster Melle Mel
Origins The Bronx, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop
Years actve 1978 – Present
Labels Enjoy Records
Sugar Hill Records
Associated acts Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The Sugarhill Gang
Duran Duran
Rapper / Songwriter

Melle Mel (born Melvin Glover, May 15, 1961) is an American Grammy Award winning rapper and songwriter for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose work has included performing on Duran Duran's cover version of "White Lines" released in 1995.

Biography Edit

Melle was the first rapper ever to call himself "MC" (Master of Ceremony). Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five began recording for Enjoy Records and released "Superrappin'" in 1979, an album which was party-oriented. However, by 1982 Melle Mel’s lyrics began to focus on socially important issues like the Reagan administration’s policies. In particular, the song "The Message" became a popular number.

After Grandmaster Flash’s exit from the group, Mel came to be known as "Grandmaster Melle Mel" fronting the Furious Five. Success followed with Mel becoming the first rap artist ever to win a Grammy for his rap on Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You". In 1988, Mel and Flash came together again and cut "On The Strength". Two more Grammies later Melle Mel released Right Now in 1997.

In 2007, The Furious Five became the first and only rap group ever inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Soon after, Mel changed his name to "Mele Mel" & released his debut solo album, Muscles on January 30, 2007.

A selection of creditsEdit


  • 1982 The Message
  • 1984 Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five
  • 1988 On the Strength
  • 1989 Piano
  • 1997 Right Now
  • 2001 On Lock
  • 2007 Muscles
  • 2009 Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour


  • 1979 "We Rap More Mellow"
  • 1979 "Flash to the Beat"
  • 1979 "Supper Rappin' No 1"
  • 1980 "Freedom"
  • 1980 "The Birthday Party"
  • 1981 "Showdown"
  • 1981 "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)"
  • 1981 "Scorpio"
  • 1981 "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"
  • 1982 "The Message"
  • 1982 "Message II (Survival)"
  • 1983 "New York"
  • 1983 "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)"
  • 1984 "Continuous White Lines"
  • 1984 "Jesse"
  • 1984 "Beat Street Breakdown" aka "Beat Street"
  • 1984 "Step Off"
  • 1984 "We Don't Work for Free"
  • 1984 "World War III"
  • 1985 "King Of the Streets"
  • 1985 "Pump Me Up"
  • 1985 "Vice"
  • 1985 "The Mega-Melle Mix"
  • 1988 "Gold"
  • 1988 "Magic Carpet Ride"
  • 1995 "The Message 95"
  • 1997 "The Message"
  • 1997 "Mama"
  • 1997 "Mr. Big Stuff"
  • 2003 "Where Ya At?"
  • 2007 "M-3"
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