- Released: November 20, 2007
- Label: Dbk Works
Record Collector (magazine) - p.933 stars out of 5
-- "Their 1979 single 'Rapper's Delight' is still one of the most universally recognized examples of the genre."
Uncut (magazine) - p.844 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he influence of this on modern pop is immeasurable....It's still fresh as a daisy."
- 1.Rapper's Delight
- 2.Bad News Don't Bother Me
- 3.Sugarhill Groove
- 4.Passion Play
- 5.Here I Am
- 6.Rapper's Delight
Personnel: Sylvia Robinson (vocals, vibraphone); Master Gee, Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank (vocals); Skip McDonald (guitar, electric guitar); Bert Williams (electric guitar); Nate Edmonds (keyboards); Doug Wimbish (electric bass); Brian Horton, Keith LeBlanc (drums); Craig Derry (congas, percussion); Tito Puente (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Billy Jones ; Nate Edmonds; Sylvia Robinson.
Recording information: 1979-1980.
While the Sugar Hill Gang's seminal track, "Rapper's Delight," has dated a bit since it was first released in 1979, it's important to remember its cataclysmic impact on music. It wasn't the first rap song and it wasn't the best, but when "Rapper's Delight" broke through to the airwaves, it put rap music on the map and started a revolution. This 2008 DBK Works reissue of the Sugar Hill Gang's self-titled debut LP places the song in its proper back-in-the-day context--with original artwork, track listing, and sleeve notes--and gives a classic old-school joint an exhilarating curtain call. So everybody now, "Hotel! Motel! Holiday Inn!"