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Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five: Oxford Polytechnic

David Sinclair, The Times, 12 March 1985

"WHEN YOU leave the ghetto, you gotta figure a way of walking out in style", drawled the lean Grandmaster of New York rap, Melle Mel. So saying, he led the audience through a series of loosely co-ordinated walking dance steps — backwards, forwards, sideways, SLIDE! — so that the crowd resembled an undisciplined though exuberant aerobics class.

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