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The Sugarhill Gang

Though the Sugarhill Gang inaugurated the history of recorded hip-hop with their single "Rapper's Delight," a multi-platinum-seller and radio hit in 1979, the group was cooked up to cash in on a supposed novelty item. Music industry producer and label owner Sylvia Robinson had become aware of the massive hip-hop block parties occurring around the New York area during the late '70s, so she gathered three local rappers (Master Gee, Wonder Mike, and Big Bank Hank) to record a single. Infectious and catchy, "Rapper's Delight" borrowed the break from Chic's "Good Times" and became a worldwide hit, eventually selling more than eight million copies. Most industry people figured rap for a short-lived trend, and though they were dead wrong, the Sugarhill Gang certainly didn't carry the torch; despite several modest hits ("8th Wonder," "Apache"), the trio faded quickly and was gone by the mid-'80s, only returning in 1999 with Jump on It, a rap album for children. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
The Sugarhill Gang

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    4 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    4 songs

    Classic Hip-Hop

    Classic Hip-Hop
    1 song

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song


    1 song

Albums by
The Sugarhill Gang

Top Songs by
The Sugarhill Gang

  1.   Song
  2.   Rapper's Delight
  3.   Apache
  4.   8th Wonder
  5.   Step Off featuring Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
  6.   Kick It Live from 9 to 5
  7.   Scorpio
  8.   Jump on It
  9.   Sugarhill Groove
  10.   Work, Work, The Body
  11.   Showdown
  12.   Rapper Reprise (Sugarhill Gang and the Sequence)
  13.   Bad News
  14.   Sugar Hill Gang Real Funky
  15.   The Lover in You
  16.   Rapper's Reprise
  17.   Girls
  18.   Showdown (Furious 5 Meets the Sugarhill Gang)
  19.   Fast Lane
  20.   Round Four Wrap-Up
  21.   Be a Winner
  22.   White Lines (Don't Do It)
  23.   My Little Playmate
  24.   Kids' Rapper's Delight
  25.   The Vowels
  26.   Eighth Wonder
  27.   Making Cash Money
  28.   Showdown - The Furious Five Meets the Sugarhill
  29.   Breaks by Kurtis Blow
  30.   I Feel For You / New York, New York
  31.   Spoonie Is Back
  32.   The Big 3: Myspace
  33.   Intro
  34.   Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye
  35.   Intro: Wheels Of Steel
  36.   I Feel for You/New York, New York, Pt. 2
  37.   I Feel For You
  38.   Extra: Remix Version of Concert
  39.   Kick It Live from 9 to Five
  40.   8th Wonder
  41.   Rapper's Delight [Sanctuary Copyrights
  42.   Check It Out
  43.   Get Together
  44.   The Word Is Out
  45.   The Message, Pt. 2 featuring Grandmaster Flash
  46.   The Message, Pt. 1 featuring Grandmaster Flash
  47.   Step Off by Grandmaster Flash
  48.   Showdown by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
  49.   Real Funky
  50.   Radio Commercial
  51.   Post-Game Show
  52.   Passion Play
  53.   New York, New York
  54.   Livin' in the Fast Lane
  55.   Last Day of School
  56.   Hot Hot Summer Day
  57.   Here I Am
  58.   Giggalo
  59.   Gigalo
  60.   Funk Box
  61.   Fireworks
  62.   The Down Beat
  63.   Break Dance
  64.   Ice-T & Chuck D Introduction/Pre-Game Show
  65.   The Big 3: Bless The Mic
  66.   I Like
  67.   Fast Lane I Making Cash Money
  68.   Kick It Live
  69.   At the Ice Arcade
  70.   Ain't Nothin' But a Party
  71.   Troy
  72.   Showdown-The Furious Five Meets the Sugarhill Gang
  73.   Round Two Wrap-Up
  74.   On the Money
  75.   Kick A Rhyme With Dr. Seuss
  76.   It's Like a Dream Sometimes
  77.   ABC's
  78.   Rapper's Delight Hip Hop Remix '89 (Long)
  79.   Lala Song
  80.   Space Race
  81.   All Night Long
  82.   I Like What You're Doing
  83.   New York, New York, Pt. 1
  84.   Club On Lock
  85.   New York, New York, Pt. 2
  86.   Pre-Game (Intro) featuring Chuck D
  87.   New York New York featuring Duke Bootee
  88.   One for the $ by Grandmaster Melle Mel
  89.   Post-Game Show featuring Chuck D

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