Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Ft. Melle Mel - White Lines
     
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  • One of the best socially conscious rap songs of the old school hip-hop. Groups like Public Enemy and KRS One emerged later in the '80s with rap songs that usually had a political message of some
    kind. Chuck D of Public Enemy even called rap "The black CNN" for its ability to reach a young black
    audience. The socially conscious style gave way to rappers in the '90s who seemed more concerned about their cars, jewelry and women.
    The track is based on an obscure dance song called "Cavern" by the group Liquid Liquid. The song "Cavern" was influenced by the many different sources, funk, dub reggae of the 1970s. This track has been sampled and completely remastered by Joseph "Biggie Grand" Saddler and Sugarhill House Band.

    Sugarhill House Band bassist Doug Wimbish rearanged and played instantly recognizable bassline.
    Joseph "Biggie Grand" Saddler and Melvin "Melle Mel" Glover broke up before "White Lines" was released. Joseph Saddler, who was the DJ, went to court with Melvin Glover, who was the rapper, over rights to the name "Grandmaster." The video was directed by then unknown film student Spike Lee as a part of the college project & starred then unknown actor Laurence Fishburne.

    Grandm aster Flash & The Furious Five Ft. Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)Ooh White Lines, Vision dreams of passion Blowin' through my mind) and all the while I think of you High price, a very strange reaction
    For us to unwind, the more I see, the more I do
    Something like a phenomenon, Baby!
    Tellin your body to come along, but white lines blow away
    Blow! Rock it! Blow!

    Ticket to ride, white line highway
    Tell all your friends, they can go my way
    Pay your toll, sell your soul
    Pound for pound costs more than gold
    The longer you stay, the more you pay
    My white lines go a long way
    Either up your nose or through your vein
    With nothin to gain except killin' your brain

    Higher, baby
    Get higher, baby!
    Get higher, baby!
    And don't ever come down! Freebase!

    Pipelin e pure as the driven snow
    ...
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