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