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"On the Strength"
On the Strength
Studio album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Released

April 1988

Recorded

1987-1988

Genre(s)

Hip hop

Label

Elektra

Producer(s)

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five chronology

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"The Message" (1982)

On the Strength is the second and final studio album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in 1988 on Elektra Records. It was the full line-up’s last album together. Although he contributed to the album itself, Cowboy was not present for the album or single photo shoots.

The album was reissued in the US on CD in 2005, but omitted the bonus track ("Back in the Old Days of Hip-Hop) that was originally included on both the original CD and cassette versions of the album.

Track listing Edit

All songs produced by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

No. Title Time
1. "Gold" 4:24
2. "Cold in Effect" 2:45
3. "Yo Baby" 4:34
4. "On the Strength" 4:50
5. "The King" 3:25
6. "Fly Girl" 5:17
7. "Magic Carpet Ride" 4:18
8. "Leave Here" 4:03
9. "This Is Where You Got It From" 4:12
10. "The Boy Is Dope" 3:18
11. "Back in the Old Days of Hip-Hop" 4:05

Notes Edit

  • "Back in the Days of Hip-Hop" also appeared as the B-side of the UK and US Gold 7-inch single and the Magic Carpet Ride 12" single.

Personnel Edit

  • Artist & Repertoire: Raoul Roach
  • Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Sadler) – turntables, drum programming, Flashformer transform DJ device
  • Keef Cowboy (Keith Wiggins) – Lead and background vocals, writer and arranger
  • Grandmaster Mele Mel (Melvin Glover) – Lead and background vocals, writer and arranger
  • The Kidd Creole (Nathaniel Glover jr) – Lead and background vocals, writer and arranger
  • Scorpio (Eddie Morris) – Lead and background vocals, writer and arranger
  • Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams) – Lead and background vocals, writer and arranger
  • Guy Vaughn – keyboards, drum programming, and vocals on The Boy is Dope
  • Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) – music and drum-sound consultant
  • Jesse Daniels Force MD's – vocals on Fly Girl
  • Arthur "Disco B" Hayward – additional scratches and assistant to the Grandmaster
  • Ray (Ray Roll) Cortez – vocals on The Boy is Dope
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