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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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Track List: The Best Of Sugarhill Gang

1. Rapper's Delight

2. Hot Hot Summer Day

3. 8th Wonder

5. Apache

6. The Lover In You

7. The Word Is Out

8. Kick It Live From 9 To 5

9. Livin' In The Fast Lane

10. Girls

11. Work, Work, The Body

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This will always be a stone cold JAM!!!!!!!
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tenderheart0 6 1 8
I wish I was around that period of time...my hubby was and every time he hears their song he'd start breakdancing !
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Now that's a rapper,memor i e s 1979..WHITE RABBIT CLUB...CORPU S CHRISTI TX...I MISS THOSE DAYS.
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yourleaseadv i s o r 9
The original O.G's were able to start what is now known as rap. By sampling a Disco track and turning it into Gold.
I think if they had any Idea of what would come.
(They probably would have kept it to themselves )

Even today's rap still borrows track from some of the 70's best. (Blurred lines)

Even though I grew up in the 70's
I still listen to today's rap.
Of which I would call "crap"
Expressing yourself in any way is a good thing.
But for some reason if you throw a beat to it....then people
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DEFINITELY THE BEST MUSIC TO LISTEN TO ALSO I CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
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kelly.kearns 8
Takes you right back!
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Pure love for this classic!
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And on a funny note, how many people have not heard the song in God knows how long but when it comes on you know every word? As DL Hughley says, I know Im not the only one on here that knows that! LOL!
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I think the reason why people didn't think rap would last, was because this song borrowed one of the best hooks of all time (Good Times) to create a song. Rap has been around since the beginning of the Baby Boomers generation, but it was with original music and never for a full song like Rappers' Delight. Nobody thought rap/hip hop would ever be successful using hooks from popular songs. Yet here we are in 2016 and rap is as strong as it was 30+ years ago.
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The longest song ever
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"Damm RIGHT!!!..., . , t a k e her friends!!!!! ! ! !
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You could throw a party and play this song and planet rock and that's all the music needed for the whole party
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The lyrics are much cleaner than the crap that's out there currently!
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h.suarez3
Sugarhill Gang may have been short live, but this particular song will last & endure my time, my kids, and grandkids time. It forever will be an "Endless Classic"... Takes me back to my childhood. !!
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Back in the day you could go down on "RUSH" street and see some of the best hip hop / real rap / dance and enjoy it. And "RAPPER'S DELIGHT WAS ALWAYS HEARD FROM THE BEATBOX. THANKS.
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Love the music bring it back in Brooklyn East N.Y. Was the best times in 80 90
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I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this song......
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Nothing but smiles listening and thinking about old times...
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Old school nothing like it love it
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Dancing in the clubs bomb s**t
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Growing up in NYC in the 80's, this was IT! All the kids would rap every single word on the bus ride home. Great memories and great times...Hote l , Motel, Holiday Inn!!!
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YASSSSSS!!! LOVE ME SOME SUGARHILL GANG, just do it.... LINY(EAST HAMPTON)
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Yes, WOW, GREAT DAYS- Charlie Dogan - this guy had the album and he would play when I came over to house - "RAPPER'S DELIGHT. W.H.DYETT HOUSE "B"! Right there on the SOUTHSIDE of Chicago! Me, Charlie, Darrly, Stanley, Darren, Bristol,Litt l e D, Troy, and host of others. This is the cut we all like and enjoy. The start of hip hop / rap. Charlie had this cut first. Peace.
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Just thirty-three yrs. Ago is what everybody.Sh o u l d be capable. Relating with.NO HARM ......GET DOWN TO A GRITTY MUSIC!!!!!!! ! !
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This is the "gang-bangin g " that just want-hurt nobody!
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This song paved the way for the genre of rap
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What - " Rappers Delight" ! The genesis of rap. Enough said. -----------T h a n k s .
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Really good old song
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Every time i listen to sugar hill gang i still shed a tear for the loss of joey. So happy i was able to attend his memorial service.
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jbachiller42
Brings back memories from great times past as a teenager. Love them!
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"Rapper's Delight "! The first rap cut- use to go over Charlie Dogan house and listen to it- the first one. Rap was fun, hip, and cool. I am thankful that I was present at the beginning... . . . . . . . . . . .
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About 15 years ago got to get on stage in a rap-a-long with them for this song to end the show that night. Great memory. I still know every word to the long version...ri g h t down ad libs that end the song.
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I can't believe I still remember all the words to this song. What some wonderful memories ������
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Old school was a teenager when song came out bad a**.reminisc e .
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rosalvavelas c o 6 5
I love this song and i remember roller skating to it!!!!!!!!!!
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This is Real ol School Rite here Bammmmmmm... . . . .
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1979....I remember this and it was just playing nonstop on the radio and kids, teens singing, al9ng or trying to.
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My s**t
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I was 13yrs old when this song came our.I still love this song. I still have this album.
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Nothing but the best of the best they could not be duplicated
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One of my favorite songs ever��
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This song started the whole thing
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I jamming on my way to work ��������
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The birth of hip hop! I loved this song. Back in the day when I was in high school.
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lindaojo
LOVE RAPPERS DElLIGHT SOOOO
MUCH!!!!!!!! ! ! !
LOOOOOOVE!!! ! !
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I dig this jam!
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That the s**t
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waaaaaaaaaaa a a a a y y y y y y to long but still very good
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Grand master caz got ripped off for millions... he wrote every lyric to this song
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lawchic1
Remember this song - love it
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