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

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