memories of the ’80s – Rapper’s Delight

Such a great post, especially for African American Music Heritage Month!


It’s not that rap or hip hop didn’t exist in the 1970s, but for popular culture, the genre’s stage was set in early 1980 with the release of Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.

Made up three NJ boys – Wonder Mike, Master Gee and Big Bank Hank – The Sugarhill Gang was formed by producers Joe and Sylvia Robinson who founded Sugar Hill Records.

The band Chic performed in New York City in September 1979, and were joined on stage by rapper Fab Five Freddy and The Sugarhill Gang, who freestyled with the band, much to the delight of the crowd to the song Good Times.

Chic member Nile Rodgers a week later was in a Manhattan club and heard the DJ play a record that sounded like the bass line of Chic’s song Good Times, played by Bernard Edwards.

The DJ told Rodgers it was new song he…

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