BX Bred: The Bronx's Hip Hop Heavyweights

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  • Big Pun
  • Fat Joe, D.I.T.C.
  • Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Grandmaster Caz, The Cold Crush Brothers
  • KRS-One
  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Swizz Beatz, Ruff Ryders
  • DJ Kool Herc
  • French Montana, Maybach Music Group, Bad Boy
  • Slick Rick
  • Diamond D, D.I.T.C., KRS-One, Fat Joe
  • Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Terror Squad

Melle Mel

As the lead performer on Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's 1982 release "The Message," Melle Mel will forever live in hip hop history. The song, widely recognized as one of the greatest rap songs of all-time for its pioneering social messages, is just one in a lengthy list of releases from this Boogie Down native. 

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