1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Performed by Gil Scott-Heron.


2. The Message
Performed by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982).
Related to King Pleasure's appropriation of Charlie Parker's highly stylized reformulation of the classic blues is the hip hop impulse to grab, remix, mock, and fly with songs (and bits of songs) from other genres. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five formed in the Bronx in 1976 and became hip hop's first superstars, eventually consisting of Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), Melle Mel (Melvin Glover), Kid Creole (Nathaniel Glover), Rahiem (Guy Williams), and Mister Ness/Scorpio (Eddie Morris). "The Message" (1982) uses background figures related to those of rhythm-and-blues king James Brown and funk-rocker Sly Stone as a setting for syncopated lyrics of social realism and protest. Melle Mel is the main rapper in this warning about the hardness of black urban poverty ("Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge") and reenactment of sudden violence on the street.


3. Don't Believe the Hype
Performed by Public Enemy.


4. Evil That Men Do
Performed by Queen Latifah.


5. I Ain't No Joke
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim.


6. Things Done Changed
Performed by The Notorious B.I.G.


7. N.Y. State of Mind
Performed by NAS.


8. Song Cry
Performed by Jay Z.


9. Don't Rush Me
Performed by Jean Grae.