On the Strength

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On the Strength
Studio album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Released April 1988
Genre Hip hop
Label Elektra
Producer Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five chronology
The Message
On the Strength
Grandmaster Flash chronology
On the Strength
Salsoul Jam 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]

On the Strength is the reunion (and second) album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Released in 1988, it was the full line-up’s last album together. Although certainly contributing to the album itself, Cowboy (Keith Wiggins), was not present for the album or single photo shoots.[2][3]

The album was reissued in the US on CD in 2005 (Collectors' Choice Music, CCM-585-2) but once again (see Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang) omitted the bonus track (*) that was originally included on both the original CD and cassette versions of the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gold" - 4:25
  2. "Cold in Effect" - 2:28
  3. "Yo Baby" - 4:31
  4. "On the Strength" - 4:45
  5. "The King" - 3:19
  6. "Fly Girl" - 5:13
  7. "Magic Carpet Ride" (featuring Steppenwolf) - 4:14
  8. "Leave Here" - 3:50
  9. "This Is Where You Got It From" - 4:06
  10. "The Boy is Dope" - 3:11
  11. "Back in the Days of Hip-Hop" - 4:05 (*)


  • "Back in the Days of Hip-Hop" also appeared as the b-side of the UK and US Gold 7-inch single and the Magic Carpet Ride 12" single. [4][5][6]

Artist & Repertoire: Raoul Roach


  • Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Sadler) - turntables, drum programming, Flashformer transform DJ device
  • Grandmaster Mele Mel (Melvin Glover) - vocals
  • Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams) - vocals
  • Scorpio (Eddie Morris) - vocals
  • The Kidd Creole (Nathaniel Glover jr) - vocals
  • Keef Cowboy (Keith Wiggins) - vocals
  • Guy Vaughn - keyboards, drum programming, and vocals on The Boy is Dope
  • Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) - music and drum-sound consultant
  • Jesse Daniels Force MD's - vocals on Fly Girl
  • Arthur "Disco B" Hayward - additional scratches and assistant to the Grandmaster
  • Ray (Ray Roll) Cortez - vocals on The Boy is Dope