Grandmaster and Melle Mel’s “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)”?


I grew up thinking that White Lines (Don’t Do It) involved Grandmaster Flash mostly because the version I had of the song was credited to Grandmaster and Melle Mel. I was reading about it this morning and was surprised to learn he did not participate in the original song. This seems to have been done to purposefully mislead people into believing that Grandmaster Flash participated on the record, even though he had already left Sugar Hill Record when this song was made. The song was a big hit in my neck of the woods, but peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 1983. I would have never guessed that from the airtime it was getting.


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