So last week we brought you the original record that was sampled by one of hiphop’s classic tracks – Ice T’s “Lethal Weapon”. Well this week we’re actually doing the reverse. Today’s selection (as you may have guessed from the title) is a modern instrumental take on another of hiphop’s most legendary tunes – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s mighty “The Message”
I’m sure any of you that are old enough to remember (or indeed are just old-skool hip-hop aficionados like myself) will appreciate the importance of Grandmaster Flash’s original in the history & influence on so many rap records that followed. When covering such a revered track it is important that the cover stays pretty true to the original and doesn’t destroy it (much like Duran Duran’s ill-advised cover of “White Lines” some years back)
There’s no such worry with this take however as in my opinion they have absolutely nailed it. This was originally released on the Peace Street label back in 2008 in limited quantities (I think there were maybe only 500 or so pressings), but soon after it was reissued on Kenny Dope & Keb Darge’s Kay-Dee records which ultimately led to the original becoming something of a collector’s piece. I’ve played this in some of my sets over the years and it’s always got a good reaction on the dance floor and I hope it gets as good a reaction when you listen to it through your computer!