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Although the Sugarhill Gang didn't invent hip-hop, they were the first rap act to have a huge international hit. Released in 1979, "Rapper's Delight" was millions of listeners' first exposure to hip-hop -- before that, very few people outside of New York even knew what hip-hop was. The Sugarhill Gang were also among the first rap acts to record a full-length LP; when this self-titled debut album came out in 1980, the vast majority of old-school MCs were only providing 12" singles. So The Sugarhill Gang is a historically important album even though it is a bit uneven. While "Rapper's Delight" and "Rapper's Reprise" (which features the Sequence, hip-hop's first all-female group) are excellent, most of the material is merely decent. And the ironic thing is that half of the songs aren't even rap. "Bad News Don't Bother Me" and "Here I Am," both of which find the Sugarhill Gang singing instead of rapping, are romantic R&B slow jams -- and "Sugarhill Groove" is a sleek disco-funk number that hints at Roy Ayers. So this LP can hardly be called the work of hip-hop purists; in 1980, Sugarhill Records leader Sylvia Robinson (herself a veteran R&B singer) evidently felt that putting out an all-rap album would be risky. But, while The Sugarhill Gang isn't a masterpiece, it's still an album that hip-hop historians will find interesting.
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1
Here I Am
The Sugarhill Gang
00:05:12

The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Sylvia Inc., Producer - C Derry, Writer - D Phillips, Writer - N Edmonds, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Rapper's Reprise (Jam-Jam)
The Sugarhill Gang & The Sequence
00:07:51

The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - The Sequence, MainArtist - Sylvia Inc., Producer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Bad News (Don't Bother Me)
The Sugarhill Gang
00:06:44

S. Robinson, Writer - The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Sylvia Inc., Producer - D Phillips, Writer - N Edmonds, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Sugar Hill Groove
The Sugarhill Gang
00:09:43

The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Michael Wright, Writer - Joey Robinson, Jr., Writer - Sylvia Inc., Producer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Passion Play
The Sugarhill Gang
00:05:12

M. Smith, Writer - Edmonds, Writer - SMITH, Writer - Reynolds, Writer - The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - B. Reynolds, Writer - Sylvia Inc., Producer - B. Roland, Writer - D Phillips, Writer - N Edmonds, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Rapper's Delight Single Version
The Sugarhill Gang
00:03:56

Wright, Composer - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Jackson, Composer - The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Edwards, Composer - O'BRIEN, Composer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1979 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd

7
On the Money
The Sugarhill Gang
00:05:38

The Sugarhill Gang, Performance, MainArtist - Sam Simpson, Writer - Matthen McKay, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1979 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Be a Winner
The Sugarhill Gang
00:06:48

Doug Wimbish, Producer - Sylvia Robinson, Producer - The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Bernard Alexander, Producer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1983 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

9
I Like What You're Doing
The Sugarhill Gang
00:05:24

The Sugarhill Gang, MainArtist - Wingfield, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1984 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Rapper's Delight Long Version
The Sugarhill Gang
00:14:34

NILE RODGERS, Composer - BERNARD EDWARDS, Composer - The Sugarhill Gang, Composer, MainArtist - Guy O'Brien, Rap - Michael Wright, Rap - Gregory Rodgers, Composer - Big Bank Hank, Rap

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1979 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

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Although the Sugarhill Gang didn't invent hip-hop, they were the first rap act to have a huge international hit. Released in 1979, "Rapper's Delight" was millions of listeners' first exposure to hip-hop -- before that, very few people outside of New York even knew what hip-hop was. The Sugarhill Gang were also among the first rap acts to record a full-length LP; when this self-titled debut album came out in 1980, the vast majority of old-school MCs were only providing 12" singles. So The Sugarhill Gang is a historically important album even though it is a bit uneven. While "Rapper's Delight" and "Rapper's Reprise" (which features the Sequence, hip-hop's first all-female group) are excellent, most of the material is merely decent. And the ironic thing is that half of the songs aren't even rap. "Bad News Don't Bother Me" and "Here I Am," both of which find the Sugarhill Gang singing instead of rapping, are romantic R&B slow jams -- and "Sugarhill Groove" is a sleek disco-funk number that hints at Roy Ayers. So this LP can hardly be called the work of hip-hop purists; in 1980, Sugarhill Records leader Sylvia Robinson (herself a veteran R&B singer) evidently felt that putting out an all-rap album would be risky. But, while The Sugarhill Gang isn't a masterpiece, it's still an album that hip-hop historians will find interesting.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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