There are many events in rap history that are either unknown or forgotten, from album releases to deaths to random ass events most of us can't even recall. As an attempt to remember those moments, Complex will share an event that helped shape hip-hop in a sometimes minor, sometimes major way. Join us as we look back on This Day in Rap History.
March 12, 2007
On March 12, 2007, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five became the first hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The legendary group is mostly known for their 1982 song "The Message"—the first major rap song to provide social commentary, setting the foundation for countless acts to follow their lead.
The group was inducted by Jay Z. During the induction ceremony, Jay called upon the crowd to sing the hook for "The Message" and honored the group with a speech. Grandmaster Flash and the remaining members of The Furious Five then took the stage to receive their honors and performed for the crowd, which you can catch below.
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