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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.   Sugar Hill Gang Real Funky
  8.   Jump on It
  9.   Showdown-The Furious Five Meets the Sugarhill Gang
  10.   Work, Work, The Body
  11.   Rapper's Reprise
  12.   It's Like a Dream Sometimes
  13.   The Lover in You
  14.   Showdown by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
  15.   Last Day of School
  16.   Bad News
  17.   Scorpio
  18.   Kick It Live
  19.   Fast Lane
  20.   All Night Long
  21.   The Word Is Out
  22.   Sugarhill Groove
  23.   Step Off by Grandmaster Flash
  24.   Round Two Wrap-Up
  25.   Round Four Wrap-Up
  26.   Passion Play
  27.   Livin' in the Fast Lane
  28.   Hot Hot Summer Day
  29.   Girls
  30.   Giggalo
  31.   Funk Box
  32.   Fireworks
  33.   The Down Beat
  34.   Troy
  35.   ABC's
  36.   Ain't Nothin' But a Party
  37.   Post-Game Show
  38.   Here I Am
  39.   Ice-T & Chuck D Introduction/Pre-Game Show
  40.   Kick A Rhyme With Dr. Seuss
  41.   At the Ice Arcade
  42.   Check It Out
  43.   On the Money
  44.   Space Race
  45.   I Like What You're Doing

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