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

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