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

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