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

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