For the first time in its existence, music magazine giant Rolling Stone recently compiled a list of the Top 50 songs that have influenced Hip-Hop history. Their selection (based on the opinions of a Rolling Stone staff panel and Hip-Hop ?experts? such as Ahmir ?Questlove? Thompson of The Roots) for the top song ever in the less than 40-year-old Rap genre was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five?s ?The Message?.
According to Rolling Stone, the 1982 hit single by the South Bronx collective was able ?to tell, with hip hop?s rhythmic and vocal force, the truth about modern inner-city life in America.?
With its stern ?Don?t push me/?cause I?m close to the edge?? warning, ?The Message? depicted impoverished life in American ghettos in a way that had not been heard before among the fledgling Hip-Hop tracks of the time.