Songs of Social Justice – “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Written by on September 7, 2023

The Message” was released on July 1, 1982. This song was a pivotal moment in hip-hop’s history. It was the first commercially successful hip-hop song with social commentary; addressing issues such as racial inequality, the cycle of poverty and more.

Hip-hop has always been and continues to be a vehicle for justice. That’s what SoJo: Social Justice Festival and Conversation is all about! Join us on Sunday, September 17th at Levitt Pavilion as we celebrate 50 years of hip-hop and the impact it makes! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


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