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The Release of Rapper's Delight

The song Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang was a multi-platinum seller and massive radio hit in 1979 and is regarded to have kick-started the phenomenon of recorded hip-hop.

Despite having received considerable chart success, selling over 8 million copies worldwide and inspiring hits by the likes of Blondie and Queen, the music industry as a whole reacted contemptuously; insisting that rap was a short-lived trend, simply a whim or fad.

Stuart looks the ways the track inspired a generation; how three local New York rappers plucked from the relative obscurity of underground block parties contributed towards rap becoming the biggest selling and most popular genres in music today.

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Jan 2015 02:00
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