The Sugarhill Gang

8383476076_4e25979010_o The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first hip hop 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.

The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of:

  • Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright
  • Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson
  • Guy “Master Gee” O’BrienSugarhill Gang8ThWonder

The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who also founded Sugar Hill Records along with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson.

The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though it had a few minor 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. The group continue to tour.

Bob Sinclar collaborated with Wonder Mike and Master Gee on his 2009 release “Lala Song“.

The Sugarhill Gang is also known as the Original Sugar.

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Posted on April 25, 2013, in Bios and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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