The Sugarhill Gang

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtrack Urban Urban / Rap
Tags: hip-hop rap old school hip hop old school rap 80s funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Englewood, New Jersey, USA troupe, whose ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was hip-hop’s breakthrough single and paved the way for the mainstream success of rap music in the 80s. They gave the music an identity and a calling card in the first line of the song: ‘A hip-hop, The hi-be, To the hi-be, The hip-hip-hop, You don’t stop rockin’. Master G (Guy O’Brien, 1963), Wonder Mike (b. Michael Wright, 1958) and Big Bank Hank (b. Henry Jackson, 1958) saw massive international success in 1979 with ‘Rapper’s Delight’, based on the subsequently widely borrowed rhythm track from Chic’s ‘Good Times’, over which the trio offered a series of sly boasts which were chatted rather than sung. Sugarhill Records boss Joe Robinson later commented on the song’s elevation to commercial status: ‘no 15 minute record has ever got played on the radio, so I said, what am I gonna do with this? But all I had to do with it was...

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