“The Message” was a complete knock out of the park,” says Chuck D of Public Enemy. “It was the primary dominant rap group with probably the most dominant MC saying one thing that meant one thing.” It was the primary music to inform, with hip-hop’s rhythmic and vocal pressure, the reality about trendy life in inner-city America. Over seven minutes, atop a Seventies P-Funk jam, rapper Melle Mel and co-writer Duke Bootee, a member of the Sugar Hill Data home band, traded strains and scenes of battle and decay, with a warning on the finish of every verse: “Don’t push me ’trigger I’m near the sting/I’m making an attempt to not lose my head.” The Livid 5’s pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash later stated that “The Message” proved their music may “converse issues which have social significance and reality.” But, once they first heard Bootee’s demo (initially titled “The Jungle”), they have been apprehensive that hip-hop clubgoers wouldn’t dig the subject material and slowed-down beat. As Melle Mel recalled, he was the member who “caved in” and agreed to report it. Sugar Hill Data head Sylvia Robinson received him to put in writing and rap extra lyrics, and Sugar Hill studio participant Reggie Griffin added the indelible synthesizer lick. Regardless of being credited on the report, Flash and the 5 appeared solely in a closing skit, wherein they’re harassed and arrested by police. “The Message” was successful, however its messy start was deadly to the 5, who quickly break up up. Their most notable reunion was in 2007, once they have been the primary rap group inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame.