Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio
Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio are a legendary group in addition to being trendsetters, and partly responsible for the creation of the billon dollar a year rap record industry, and rap element of the subculture called Hip Hop.
They are to Hip Hop what the Rolling Stones are to rock. They have toured the world with the likes of U2, The Police, Clash, Prince & Duran Duran as well as many Hip Hop greats. Their recordings are amongst the most sampled in the history of recorded Hip Hop, and many of their works from the time before Hip Hop was recorded have been copied and mimicked.
It was these guys who made the name Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 a household name on the strength of records like Freedom, The Message, White Lines, Superrappin, Beat Street ,New York , New York , Survival and Scorpio to name a few. GM Mele Mel & The Furious 5 featuring Scorpio had #1 records in the UK with "White Lines" , "Beatstreet" and "Step Off".
Quincy Jones used their vocal talents for his Grammy winning albums Back On The Block and Qs Jook Joint, respectively. They also lent their voices to the legendary Chaka Khan for her Grammy winning single I Feel For You, earning a Grammy for Grandmaster Mele Mel - the first for any rap artist.
Among their many achievements is the performance on the anti apartheid song Sun City, created by Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt. On that project they performed along with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin of the Temptations, Ruben Blades, Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock.