Great Job, Internet!: This Bruno Mars mashup turns “The Message” into a 24K party anthem

Shahar Varshal’s new Grandmaster Flash/Bruno Mars mashup, “The 24K Message,” is an almost miraculously successful mashup of two musical extremes: the stone-cold serious and the proudly frivolous. It weds two familiar but extremely dissimilar recordings. “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five was not intended to get a party started. In fact, this socially conscious 1982 single, with its famous refrain of “Don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge,” is considered the first major rap song to address relevant issues such as crime, poverty, and violence. At the very opposite end of the scale, philosophically speaking, is Mars’ 2016 single “24K Magic,” a slick, retro-styled pop song about getting dressed up in “designer minks” and “Inglewood’s finest shoes” and having a delirious night on the town. While the 1982 song has a lot on its mind, the 2016 song could not …

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