Big Bank Hank
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Henry Jackson (born 1956 in New York City), known by the stage name Big Bank Hank, is an American old school rapper. Also known as Imp the Dimp, he is a member of The Sugarhill Gang, the first hip hop act to have a hit single, "Rapper's Delight".
Hank was born in the Bronx, New York City. He graduated from Bronx Community College with an A.S. degree in Oceanography. While attending college, he won several championships in wrestling. After graduating from college, Hank found it very hard to attain a position in oceanography, so he worked at a pizzeria. He did his job so well that when the owner of the shop expanded his business to Englewood, New Jersey, he brought Hank over to head the Crispy Crust store. While managing for a local Hip Hop group, the Cold Crush Brothers, Hank was discovered by Sylvia Robinson. She was out trying to find an act for the new trend she had discovered through her son, Hip Hop, and she heard Hank rapping some of the Cold Crush Brothers' rhymes. When Sylvia asked him to join the group she was forming, Hank went to Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers for rhymes. Caz gladly gave him his notebook, hoping to eventually get something in return. Hank was 22 years old at the time when the Sugarhill Gang's self-titled album was released.
Hank's act is known for his competition with the comic book superhero Superman. His verse depicts him meeting Lois Lane and convincing her to drop her boyfriend, Superman. Says Hank: "He's a fairy, I do suppose, flying through the air in pantyhose...He can't satisfy you with his little worm, but I can bust you out with my super sperm". In his three sections of the song, Hank uses his well-known chant: "Ho-tel, Mo-tel, what you gonna do today (say what)/I'm gonna get a fly girl, gonna get some spank n' drive off in a def O.J." (An "O.J." refers to a luxury American car, such as a Lincoln Continental. The reference is from popular TV commercials of the 1970s where NFL running back O.J. Simpson was the spokesman for Hertz's rental cars.)
In the years following the release of "Rapper's Delight", many of the pioneers of the New York City hip hop community have claimed that Grandmaster Caz, a rapper under Hank's management who also went by the name of Casanova Fly, wrote the lines.
Busta Rhymes' breakout single "Woo-Hah!! Got you all in check" samples Hank's line in the 1982 hit "8th Wonder". "See it's up my back, it's around my neck, Woo-hah!! Got them all in check."