Who is Melle Mel and what is his net worth 2018? Usually, one associates hip-hop culture with crime. Numerous hip-hop stars have faced the wrath of the law. Some have involvements in shooting incidents while some have cases such as drug trafficking against their name. Hence, it comes as a refreshing feeling to have one singer free from all these kinds of criminal connections. Melle Mel can certainly count himself as one.
Born on 15 May 1961, Melvin Glover also known as Melle Mel or Grandmaster Melle Mel is an American hip-hop musician. You can also call him the pioneer of lead rapping. He is the main songwriter for his group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
His brother Kid Creole, Scorpio, Raheim, and Cowboy complete the group ‘The furious Five’. This group has the distinctions of coining the word hip-hop. In fact, everyone used to call the music as ‘rap’. You can trace the origin of this word hip-hop to the time when Cowboy mimicked the sound of marching soldiers.
Their first contract was with Enjoy Records when they released ‘Superrappin’ in 1979. Subsequently, they joined Sugar Hill Records. The songs such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘The Birthday Party’ became hits on the R&B charts. Numerous singles followed these albums. The album Freedom attained gold disc status.
Melle Mel turned his attention to the social themes and started highlighting the effects of President Reagan’s policies on the colored communities. One of such songs, The Message became an instant hit and the disc went platinum soon thereafter. This song was the first hip-hop song to gain entry into the US Archive of Historic Recordings. This song also had the distinction of being the first to have an inclusion in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Due to some contract disputes, Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) had to file a suit in the Courts against Sugar Hill Records. The group broke up with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five parting ways. Mel acquired a new name, Grandmaster Melle Mel. The new group went on to record the anti-drug song, White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It). There was a music video of this song as well featuring upcoming actor, Laurence Fishburne.
Melle Mel had a chance to appear in a couple of movies as well. His appearance in the film, Beat Street brought him great fame. He has also performed for Chaka Khan’s song, ‘I feel for you’.
After a four-year hiatus, Mel and Flash reunited to recreate the magic of old. The released the album, ‘On the strength’. This was a failure. However, Mel continued his tirade against the policies of the Government through his songs. He has sung a song denouncing the apartheid policies of the South African Republic as well. Mel won two Grammy awards. One was for “Quincy Jones’ Back on the Block” and the other for ‘Q-The Autobiography of Quincy Jones albums’.
In 2001, he assumed the name. Die Hard and released the song ‘On Lock’ along with Rondo. In 2006, he collaborated with author Cricket Casey in releasing the book, ‘The Portal in the park’ along with his CD. The CD featured two songs by Lady Gaga.
In 2007, Melle released his first solo album, Muscles. He attended the professional wrestling school for a while in 2006. In 2011, he announced that he would participate in The Urban Wrestling Federation. This is collaboration between hip-hop and professional wrestling.
The group is still active having released the single, ‘Some Kind of Sorry’ as late as 2016.
Melle Mel Net Worth
The net worth of Melle Mel is around $2.5 million.
It is rare to find a hip-hop group without any kind of criminal connections. Melle Mel had in fact, brought this fact to the notice of the audience while delivering the acceptance speech on the induction of this group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He implored for the restoration of hip-hop to the culture of music instead of to the culture of violence.