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Sugarhill Gang

Sugarhill Gang

"The Sugarhill Gang" is an American hip hop group, known mostly for one hit, "Rapper's Delight", the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit. The track uses the bass line from "Good Times" by CHIC as its foundation. The members, all from New York City, called themselves Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank, and Master Gee. They were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson who also founded Sugar Hill Records along with her husband record mogul Joe Robinson.

"Rapper's Delight" was a #36 hit on the US pop chart and a #4 hit on the US R&B chart in 1979 (see 1979 in music), though hip-hop was dismissed as a brief fad. The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though they had a few minor hits, such as "Apache", "Eighth Wonder", "Rapper's Reprise Jam Jam", and "Showdown" (with the Furious Five). In 1999 (see 1999 in music), they reunited and recorded "Jump on It", a hip hop children's album. They continue to tour.

Some claim that "Rapper's Delight" is the first hip-hop single ''ever'', but it was actually preceded by "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by the Fatback Band. The term "rap" is also claimed to be derived from the title of ''Rapper's Delight''. years active 1979 – Present origin New York City, New York music genre Hip hop music current members Wonder Mike

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