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