Sugarhill Gang (album)

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Sugarhill Gang
Sugarhill Gang.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1980 (1980-02-07)
Recorded1979
GenreOld-school hip hop, disco, soul
Length39:17
LabelSugarhill Records
ProducerSylvia Robinson
The Sugarhill Gang chronology
Sugarhill Gang
(1980)
8th Wonder
(1982)

Sugarhill Gang is the self-titled debut album by influential rap group The Sugarhill Gang.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits5/10[2]

The album was released in 1980 for Sugarhill Records and was produced by Sylvia Robinson. The single "Rapper's Delight" was a #36 hit on the US pop chart and a #4 hit on the R&B chart. Although "Rapper's Delight" was the only charting single, the album also included the minor hit, "Rapper's Reprise". The remainder of the LP consists several down-tempo soul tracks and a disco instrumental, as Sylvia Robinson didn't believe an album consisting entirely of hip hop music would be commercially viable in 1980.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here I Am" – 5:09 (Craig Derry, Nate Edmonds)
  2. "Rapper's Reprise (Jam, Jam)" featuring The Sequence – 7:40 (Sylvia Robinson)
  3. "Bad News Don't Bother Me" – 6:45 (Guy O'Brien, Henry Jackson, Michael Wright)
  4. "Sugarhill Groove" – 9:52 (Guy O'Brien, Henry Jackson, Michael Wright, Sylvia Robinson)
  5. "Passion Play" – 5:10 (Brenda Reynolds, Nate Edmonds, Ray Smith)
  6. "Rapper's Delight" – 14:37 [4:55 – shortened single version] (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers)

Personnel[edit]

  • Rappers – Big Bank Hank, Master Gee, Wonder Mike (The Sugarhill Gang)
  • Backing Vocals, and Rhythm Arrangements – Positive Force (tracks 3, 5, 6)
  • Bass – Bernard Rowland (tracks 3, 5, 6), Douglas Wimbish, possibly Chip Shearin[3][4] (track 6)
  • Drums – Bryan Horton (tracks 3, 5, 6), Keith LeBlanc
  • Guitar – Albert Pittman (tracks 3, 5, 6[5]), Skip McDonald, possibly Brian Morgan[4][6] (track 6)
  • Keyboards – Nate Edmonds, Skitch Smith
  • Percussion – Craig Derry, Harry Reyes, John Stump
  • Vibraphone, Backing Vocals – Sylvia Robinson
  • Special Guest Appearance – Tito Puente
  • Special Effects – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds
  • Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds, Sylvia Robinson

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 32

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[8]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1979 "Rappers Delight" 36 (1980) 4 14

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimmermann, Curtis. The Sugarhill Gang: Sugarhill Gang > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Sugarhill Gang: Sugarhill Gang". Smash Hits (March 20 – April 2): 31.
  3. ^ "Chip Shearin artist page". TC Electronic. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Sugarhill Gang". EEG Talent. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ http://nicolemount37.wixsite.com/music-bnb/bio
  6. ^ "The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sugarhill Gang Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Sugarhill Gang US singles chart history". Allmusic.com. Retrieved August 25, 2011.