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

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