Grandmaster Caz & Melle Mel Receive Platinum Plaques

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ tour rolled into New York last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom. During their performance of “Downtown”, featured artists Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel, showed off the platinum plaques they received earlier that night. This is the first million seller for Caz. As a member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5, Melle Mel earned one for, “The Message”.

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  • tha OG

    Congrats to them thay should of went platinum years ago!



  • ilexx

    I don’t want to take away from the moment but the biggest surprise here to me is that this song went platinum.

    Congrats to everybody involved and to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bringing some og’s a platinum plaque, it’s a good look.

    • Kris Kompute

      Song charted in the top 20. But i agree.

  • Neighborhood Soup..

    And it took a white boy to help them get that. I guess it’s better late than never.

  • Kris Kompute

    Exactly why Macklemore is good for hip-hop. He studies the game and executes. These legend will make more off publishing from this track than any single they’ve ever had.

    • Selorm Amuzu

      They got a platinum plaque out of a corny song though… a song on any other day would be labelled not “hip-hop”. I’m not hating on the success Macklemore gave these legends something many rappers from many eras didn’t do

      • Kris Kompute

        Who gives a fuck? “Shake Ya Tailfeather”, “Lollipop” “Gettin Jiggy Wit It”. All corny…all went #1.

        White girls buy corny records.

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      I just heard that song in the trailer to the animated movie, PETS. cha ching.

      • Where

        Check it B Dot – They didn’t get publishing OR even writers share on this tune. They just were credited performers and maybe have a couple points on the master. I doubt they see much, if any of the sync income from this song. If Macklemore wanted to really honour these cats he would have thrown them some PUB no doubt.

  • Lmfao!

    Big shoutout to Macklemore for letting me groove on stage with him, and Ryan Lewis for composing an anthem to my lifestyle without even knowing it. #SameLove

  • T

    Hold the fuck up……. “The Message” didn’t go platinum?


    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      Look it up.

      • T

        I doubt they even counted records correctly back then. Didn’t Billboard change their setup in 1991?…… It shocked the industry when NWA’s “Niggaz4Life” debuted at #1, which makes me think a lot of miscounting had taken place beforehand.

        • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

          Probably right, but there’s no formal system. It’s DEF not documented in the RIAA database

          • T

            All good

      • T

        @ B.Dot I just found this:

        Cowritten by Sylvia Robinson, 1982’s “The Message” was decidedly darker and more focused on urban issues than the group’s previous party anthems and, though Flash and the Five recorded it reluctantly, the record became a platinum-selling hit within a month of its release.

  • n8oochie

    took the white boy to do such a selfless act like this 21 savage aint doin shit but tEACHING YOUR KIDS HOW TO GET SHOT BY POLICE!!! salute mackelmore n ryan lewis for helping the culture

    • Trap Nicholson

      21 21 21

  • radio raheem

    All Hail