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Pioneering hip-hop artist, songwriter, and rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel.

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Grandmaster Melle Mel


Who is Grandmaster Melle Mel? Grandmaster Melle Mel is an American pioneering hip hop artist, songwriter, and rapper. He achieved fame as the lead vocalist of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, one of the earliest hip hop acts. He is considered one of the greatest MCs of all time. Early Life Melvin Glover was born in The Bronx, New York City on May 15, 1961. His father was a musician and his mother worked as a nurse's aide. He was raised by his mother in the Bronx River Projects. Glover's love for music began at a young age when he heard cool rhythms from his father's record collection. Career In 1978, Glover formed rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five with his friend Cowboy (Keef Cowboy). The group found success with their first single ‘Superrappin’ and are credited with being some of the pioneers of hip hop music. Other successful singles include 'White Lines (Don't Do It)' and 'The Message'. They disbanded in 1983 due to managerial issues but had reunited occasionally since then. Awards & Achievements Glover was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance for 'White Lines (Don't Do It)' in 1984 and 'Jesse' in 1988. Personal Life & Legacy Glover married Sylvia Robinson in 1982, who would later become known as the 'Mother of Hip Hop'. The couple have four children together; three sons - Melvin III, Corey, and Michael - and one daughter named Ebony. Glover resides in New Jersey with his family. He continues to tour and make music today.