Music

The Sugarhill Gang

Formed 1979.
Please Note: you do not have javascript enabled. Video content requires javascript to be enabled.
|

History of Hip Hop 1979 by Jaguar Skills

Hip Hop anthems from 1979 in the mix from the likes of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5, Kurtis Blow & the Sugarhill Gang (pictured).

Featured in BBC Music Clips

Biography

The Sugarhill Gang is an American Rap music group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit "Good Times" by Chic as its foundation.

The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who founded Sugar Hill Records with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson. The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Manhattan neighborhood.

The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the US charts, though it had a slew of European hits, such as "Apache", "Eighth Wonder" (which was performed on the American music show Soul Train in 1981), "Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)," and "Showdown" (with the Furious Five). In 1999, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children's album.

In recent years, original members of the Sugarhill Gang have performed as the Original Sugar and as Rapper's Delight Featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee.

Wikipedia This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect, defamatory or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.

Links & Information

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss