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After 25 years in the music industry Grandmaster Mele Mel, Hip Hop’s first MC superstar, is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Mele Mel, along with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were recently named the first Hip Hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary group was inducted along with R.E.M. and Van Halen in a March 2007 ceremony.
The iconic front man of Hip Hop’s first super group created the timeless classic The Message in the 70’s which put rap in the national spotlight. Mel is credited with bringing hip hop from a Bronx based fad, to an international phenomenon. To his credit, Mel’s fame was based on the worldwide circulation of underground tapes and vinyl records before the age of MTV, the Internet or MP3’s.
To this day, Mele Mel is a highly sought after artist for guest appearances and shows both domestically and abroad. Over the course of his career, Mel has worked closely with music luminaries such as Chaka Khan, U2, Quincy Jones, Duran Duran, the late 2Pac, Funkadelic, The Last Poets and many others. His records have been covered by platinum selling artists such as Ice Cube and The Dogg Pound. This ability to appeal to all musical genres while maintaining his credibility is the key to what makes this 3 time Grammy winner relevant within the ever-changing music industry.
This new year is turning out to be a great year for Mele Mel (www.melemel.net) due to his independently released solo album, Muscles, which was released in 2007 and featured Ice Cube and Joey Mekkah (formerly Romeo JD of the Boogie Boys). In addition to his new LP, Mele Mel has capitalized on his celebrity with a bid to become the first Hip Hop artist to become a member of the WWE. Mel’s charisma and athleticism in the WWE is sure to bring the entertainment company a new audience and catapult Mel’s celebrity to new heights.
Through all of Mele Mel’s success and longevity, he has maintained his humility and kept his roots with his fans and the essence of hip-hop.