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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s “The Message” was the first hip-hop song inducted into the National Recording Registry

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "The Message" cover art

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five‘s 1982 The Message was the first hip-hop song to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2002. The song was released by Sugarhill Records and peaked at No. 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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