The Sugarhill Gang

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Sugarhill Gang
Origin Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Genres Rap music, old-school rap
Years active 1973–2007, 2007-present
Labels Sugar Hill
Members Wonder Mike
Master Gee
Big Bank Hank

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.[1]

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.[2] The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Manhattan neighborhood.[3]

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.

Discography[edit]

The Sugarhill Gang discography
Releases
Studio albums 5
Compilation albums 9
Singles 15

The discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes four studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. top 200 U.S. R&B NZ
1980 Sugarhill Gang
  • Released: February 7, 1980
4
1982 8th Wonder
  • Released: November 24, 1982
  • Label: Sugar Hill
50 15 44
1983 Rappin' Down Town[4]
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Sugar Hill
1984 Livin' in the Fast Lane
  • Label: Sugar Hill[5]
1999 Jump on It!
  • Released: April 16, 1999
  • Label: Rhino Entertainment

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Sugarhill Gang Greatest Hits (1984)
  • The Best of Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight (1996)
  • Ain't Nothin' but a Party (1998)
  • Back to the Old School 2 - Rapper's Delights (1999)
  • Sugarhill Gang, The* Vs. Grandmaster Flash - The Greatest Hits (2000)
  • The Greatest Hits of Sugarhill Gang (2004 Tour) (2004)
  • The Story of Sugarhill Records (2005)
  • Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour: Sugarhill Gang Live (2008)
  • Rhythm & Rhymes: The Definitive Collection (2010)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Club Play NZ UK
1979 "Rapper's Delight" 36 4 14 18 3 Sugarhill Gang
1980 "Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)"
"8th Wonder" 82 15 38 8th Wonder
1981 "Apache" 53 13 51
"Showdown" (credited as The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang) 49
1982 "The Lover In You" 55 54 Rappin Down Town
1983 "The Word Is Out" 71
"Be A Winner"
"Kick It Live from 9 to 5" / "The Lover In You" 50 Livin' in the Fast Lane
1984 "Livin' in the Fast Lane"
"Troy" / "Girls"
"The Down Beat"
1985 "Work, Work The Body"
1989 "Rapper's Delight (Hip Hop Remix '89)" 34 58
2009 "Lala Song" (credited as Bob Sinclar featuring The Sugarhill Gang)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sugar Hill Gang". allmusic.com. Retrieved 4/12/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Sugar Hill Gang bio". allmusic.com. Retrieved 4/12/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Perrone, Pierre (2011-10-04). "Sylvia Robinson: Hitmaker who co-founded Sugar Hill Records and became known as ‘the mother of hip-hop’ - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ Sugarhill Gang- Rappin Down Town @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-24-2011.
  5. ^ Livin' in the Fast Lane (album?) at Discogs (list of releases)

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