I am joined by hip hop legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five who will be performing June 1 at the Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience in Brooklyn. We talk about his role in shaping the culture and where the genre has gone today including his takes on the likes of Meek Mill and 6ix9ine.
Mel don’t hold back no punches.
On today’s rappers and overall fake toughness:
“Tekashi 6ix9ine you cannot be a gangsta. It is impossible. And there’s so many fake gangstas, they just let him rock with it. They just let him rock. Not even in the gang days when it was the stick up kids and chain snatchers dudes – he wouldn’t have lasted a weekend with that shit. They would have took everything he had…Fake is real to these dudes…The Violators and all they would have ran through all these dudes.
We started hip hop. We was the first line of hip hop dudes we wanted nothing to do with anything tough. We wasn’t punks. That wasn’t who we are we were party dudes.
None if it had anything to do with violence. Me, Kurt Blow. all that whole era of rappers, none of us ever got arrested for doing nothing because we were too busy partying and having a good time.”
On Meek Mill:
“Free Meek Mill? Meek Mill did something to go to jail. They don’t just pick up people and put them in jail…Do you even know anybody who’s been arrested for something that they actually HAD to do? The answer is no.
Nobody goes to jail for doing shit that they had to do. You telling me you HAD to rob a liquor store? and when you robbed the liquor store after the guy gave you the money you had to shoot him? Give me a break.
Now when you get arrested it’s society’s fault? No. Because I’ve been through all that.”
BONUS: I drop some freestyle for Melle Mel…
I can’t thank Melle Mel enough for taking the time to sit with me.
Check him out June 1 at the Barclays Center. Info Here.