3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]ominated by the urban gloom of 'The Message'....There's a more positive vibe on display in 'It's Nasty'..."
4.It's A Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)
8.Message Ii (Survival)
9.New York, New York
10.The Adventures of Grandmaster Himself
11.The Message Instrumental
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five merged the Afrocentric consciousness expressed by such early rappers as Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets with b-boy production to create "The Message," an all-time rap anthem. It was the focal point of this LP, which also included "It's Nasty" and "Scorpio," two other strong cuts that might have been winners on their own. Unfortunately, rather than a starting point, this album proved to be their ultimate peak. ~ Ron Wynn