Ernie Paniccioli Drops Grandmaster Melle Mel NFT

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Photographer Drops Iconic Photo With Rappers Hip Hop Message

When Melle Mel wrote “The Message” in 1982, he forever changed hip hop, laying the groundwork for the intersection of hip hop and social effect — a break from the popular party music of the time. The language in the song painted a vivid picture of life in the ghetto and the effects it had on the young people who lived there. 

The song also addressed how mass incarceration, economic hardship, and systemic racism all had a role in the formation and preservation of ghettos with few exit options. 

The song was declared platinum a month after its release and was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2002. The song’s narration also shifted the spotlight away from the DJ and toward the MC, paving the way for future hip hop artists to use their music to promote their own causes.

With a starting price of $9,151 plus change, the item is currently up for auction. Bidders still have a chance to win this vital piece of Hip Hop history with the auction concluding in two days.

Grandmaster Melle Mel NFT

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