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The Sugarhill Gang

Though the Sugarhill Gang inaugurated the history of recorded hip-hop with their single "Rapper's Delight," a multi-platinum-seller and radio hit in 1979, the group was cooked up to cash in on a supposed novelty item. Music industry producer and label owner Sylvia Robinson had become aware of the massive hip-hop block parties occurring around the New York area during the late '70s, so she gathered three local rappers (Master Gee, Wonder Mike, and Big Bank Hank) to record a single. Infectious and catchy, "Rapper's Delight" borrowed the break from Chic's "Good Times" and became a worldwide hit, eventually selling more than eight million copies. Most industry people figured rap for a short-lived trend, and though they were dead wrong, the Sugarhill Gang certainly didn't carry the torch; despite several modest hits ("8th Wonder," "Apache"), the trio faded quickly and was gone by the mid-'80s, only returning in 1999 with Jump on It, a rap album for children. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Apache / Rapper's Delight (Single)

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Track List: Livin' In The Fast Lane

1. Girls (Single/LP Version)

2. Fast Lane

3. I Like What You're Doing

4. Kick It Live From 9 To 5 (Single/LP Version)

5. Troy

6. Real Funky

7. Space Race

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Track List: The Sugarhill Records Story

1. Rapper's Delight (Hip-Hop Remix Long Version)

3. Rapper's Reprise (Jam-Jam)

5. Hot Hot Summer Day

11. 8th Wonder

19. Apache

24. The Lover In You

35. The Word Is Out

37. Girls (Single/LP Version)

38. Kick It Live From 9 To 5 (Single/LP Version)

46. Livin' In The Fast Lane

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: The Sugarhill Gang

1. Rapper's Delight

2. 8th Wonder (7" Single Version)

3. Showdown (7" Single Version)

4. The Lover In You

5. The Word Is Out

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Track List: The Sugarhill Gang

1. Here I Am

3. Bad News (Don't Bother Me)

4. Sugarhill Groove

5. Passion Play

6. Rapper's Delight (7" Single Version)

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Track List: The Essentials: The Sugarhill Gang

1. Rapper's Delight (7" Single Version)

2. Hot Hot Summer Day (7" Single Version)

3. 8th Wonder (7" Single Version)

4. Showdown (7" Single Version)

5. Apache (7" Single Version)

6. The Lover In You (7" Single Version)

7. The Word Is Out (7" Single Version)

8. Kick It Live From 9 To 5 (7" Single Version)

9. Livin' In The Fast Lane (7" Single Version)

10. Girls (7" Single Version)

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Track List: 8th Wonder

1. Funk Box

2. On The Money

3. 8th Wonder

4. Apache

5. Showdown - The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang

6. Giggalo

7. Hot Hot Summer Day

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Track List: Jump On It!

1. Jump On It!

2. Kick A Rhyme With Dr. Seuss

3. ABC's

4. It's Like A Dream Sometimes

5. The Vowels

6. Fireworks

7. Last Day Of School

8. Kids' Rapper's Delight (Kid's Rap-Along)

9. Sugar Hill Groove

10. My Little Playmate

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Track List: The Best Of Sugarhill Gang

1. Rapper's Delight

2. Hot Hot Summer Day

3. 8th Wonder

5. Apache

6. The Lover In You

7. The Word Is Out

8. Kick It Live From 9 To 5

9. Livin' In The Fast Lane

10. Girls

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