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

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