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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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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 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

11. Work, Work, The Body

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Used to have contest with my Brother and Sisters to see who could remember the most Lyrics( Brings alot of Memorie)
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Love this song, I wish they would post the lyrics!
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Love 'em
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Singing Autograph
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Rappers Delight- Charlie Dogan house- House B- Dyett Middle School. Washington Park !
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Listen to this in westport projects
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The first, start in the beginning, - what else can I say about the kick- "Rappers Delight"! Use to go over Charlie Dogan just to hear and we would sing it together- real hip hop moment. DYETT -house B- simply the "BEST"!!!!
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Classic!
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chefjprobert s
i love love this song......i know every word
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No hooks, just rhymes! That's classic!
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I would listen to this over, and over until I knew all the lyrics
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God I miss Old School Hip Hop like this!!!
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neyneysue
GOOD TIMES NO DRAMA AND CAN BE JAMMED A PARTY OF ANY AGE LEGENDARILY CLASSIC
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When Rap was Rap!!!
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Nothing like Sugar 2 start out '17!!!!!
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Sugar Hill was my introduction to hip-hop love this group
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Yepper, 14 minutes of moving to the groove. lol
Nice!!
✌️
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Rapper's Delight..... . . m e m o r i e s of junior high with this jam, everybody jammed on the gym floor at school dance, lol......sid e note: Hate when folks select this song for karaoke*sigh * and don't know the words, lol.....had to help two chicks a while back at karaoke that didn't know the words and couldn't read lyrics fast enough to keep up on the prompter, lol. They was looking pititful so I had to save them....lol.
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this song is like riding a bike ..... iwill never forget the words to this song ...... everytime this song comes on everyone tells me ......B this is your s**t right here. ....... if i had enough beers i even start poppin' like back in the day
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15 min of pure rapping
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This was back when rap was rap
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My sister brought a copy to Va. fresh off the press. We rocked it for the 804 back then
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This is and always will be the jam and yes I know every word I think or at one time i did timeless
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I was born in the late '70's but I still grew up listening to this
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Sugar in the house!!!! Happy Thanksgiving ! ! ! ������
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somebody put the dance up with this ssssssssssss s s s s s s s h i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i
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This is my kind of music. You can understand what their saying. And it was about having fun.
NO VIOLECE
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tartaglione2 1 6
Thats why we call it the boogie down Bronx.
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Shout out to my brother Shane Hi....... We use to play this song over and over.... R.I.P
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F**k yeah
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Will always be the S**T,,,,!!!;
Who else no all the words besides me!????
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This will always be a stone cold JAM!!!!!!!
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tenderheart0 6 1 8
I wish I was around that period of time...my hubby was and every time he hears their song he'd start breakdancing !
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Now that's a rapper,memor i e s 1979..WHITE RABBIT CLUB...CORPU S CHRISTI TX...I MISS THOSE DAYS.
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yourleaseadv i s o r 9
The original O.G's were able to start what is now known as rap. By sampling a Disco track and turning it into Gold.
I think if they had any Idea of what would come.
(They probably would have kept it to themselves )

Even today's rap still borrows track from some of the 70's best. (Blurred lines)

Even though I grew up in the 70's
I still listen to today's rap.
Of which I would call "crap"
Expressing yourself in any way is a good thing.
But for some reason if you throw a beat to it....then people
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DEFINITELY THE BEST MUSIC TO LISTEN TO ALSO I CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
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kelly.kearns 8
Takes you right back!
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Pure love for this classic!
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And on a funny note, how many people have not heard the song in God knows how long but when it comes on you know every word? As DL Hughley says, I know Im not the only one on here that knows that! LOL!
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I think the reason why people didn't think rap would last, was because this song borrowed one of the best hooks of all time (Good Times) to create a song. Rap has been around since the beginning of the Baby Boomers generation, but it was with original music and never for a full song like Rappers' Delight. Nobody thought rap/hip hop would ever be successful using hooks from popular songs. Yet here we are in 2016 and rap is as strong as it was 30+ years ago.
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The longest song ever
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"Damm RIGHT!!!..., . , t a k e her friends!!!!! ! ! !
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You could throw a party and play this song and planet rock and that's all the music needed for the whole party
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The lyrics are much cleaner than the crap that's out there currently!
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h.suarez3
Sugarhill Gang may have been short live, but this particular song will last & endure my time, my kids, and grandkids time. It forever will be an "Endless Classic"... Takes me back to my childhood. !!
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Back in the day you could go down on "RUSH" street and see some of the best hip hop / real rap / dance and enjoy it. And "RAPPER'S DELIGHT WAS ALWAYS HEARD FROM THE BEATBOX. THANKS.
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Love the music bring it back in Brooklyn East N.Y. Was the best times in 80 90
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I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this song......
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Nothing but smiles listening and thinking about old times...
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Old school nothing like it love it
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