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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

    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.   ABC's
  9.   White Lines
  10.   Fast Lane
  11.   Ain't Nothin' But a Party
  12.   Round Four Wrap-Up
  13.   Livin' in the Fast Lane
  14.   Jump on It
  15.   Ice-T & Chuck D Introduction/Pre-Game Show
  16.   Girls
  17.   Funk Box
  18.   Fireworks
  19.   Bad News
  20.   Here We Go
  21.   Boyz from da Hill
  22.   Kick It Live
  23.   I Like What You're Doing
  24.   At the Ice Arcade
  25.   Work, Work, The Body
  26.   The Word Is Out
  27.   The Lover in You
  28.   Sugarhill Groove
  29.   Step Off by Grandmaster Flash
  30.   Space Race
  31.   Showdown by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
  32.   Round Two Wrap-Up
  33.   Rapper's Reprise
  34.   Post-Game Show
  35.   Passion Play
  36.   Kick A Rhyme With Dr. Seuss
  37.   Hot Hot Summer Day
  38.   Here I Am
  39.   The Down Beat
  40.   Giggalo
  41.   All Night Long
  42.   Troy
  43.   Showdown-The Furious Five Meets the Sugarhill Gang
  44.   On the Money
  45.   It's Like a Dream Sometimes
  46.   Check It Out
  47.   Kick It Live from 9-5
  48.   Last Day of School

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