In 1979, black music impresario Bobby Robinson signed the group to his Enjoy Records label, for which the Furious Five recorded their first single, "Superrappin'." An innocuous party jam, this initial studio venture is largely a bouncy advertisement for Flash's greatness, evoking the energy of the group's early performances with lyrics that boast endlessly of the DJ's brilliance. A year later, the Furious Five migrated to Sugarhill Records, the label that made rap nationally marketable with the massive success of the Sugarhill Gang single "Rapper's Delight
." For the new label, Flash continued to showcase his turntable mastery in self-aggrandizing efforts like a notable remix of The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache," and an epic 12-inch single collage of pop and dance music he called "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel." (One of the records Flash integrated into this mix was Blondie's "Rapture
," which famously namechecks the DJ in Debbie Harry's rap verse.) In 1982, though, Flash and the Furious Five released their most influential and enduring single, "The Message." Centered not on Flash's technical virtuosity, but instead on his MCs' gritty lyrics about contemporary urban life, the record was notable for two chief reasons. One, it effectively redirected Hip-Hop's lyrical content away from party jams and toward social commentary - setting the stage for later MCs as far-ranging as Public Enemy's Chuck D., N.W.A.'s Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and Eminem. Secondly, the song shifted the focus of the Furious Five away from the DJ and toward the MCs. This latter change governed hip-hop's development throughout the 1980s and ever after. While the DJ as a figure was the genre's early hero, since the 1980s, the voice on the microphone has reigned supreme.