Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
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Grandmaster Flash, who is responsible for the advent of several DJ techniques (such as break-beating, cutting, and back-spinning) is the man behind bringing this group together.

Several musicians performed with Flash until the concrete group of Cowboy, Melle Mel, Kid Creole, Raheim, and Flash himself was formed. The social commentary song "The Message" was released in 1982.

The group's last performance together was in 1994. Flash continues to DJ solo and with other musicians.