Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

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416 – The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (1979)
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike, Master Gee; Later credited: Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers; Uncredited: Grandmaster Caz, Alan Hawkshaw
Produced by Sylvia Robinson
Label – Sugarhill Records

The first major charting Rap (Hip Hop) single, “Rapper’s Delight” came about almost by accident. Whilst performing a live set, disco pioneers Chic were joined on stage by The Sugarhill Gang for an impromptu version of “Good Times”. Legendary producer and record company owner Sylvia Robinson immediately seized the opportunity and recorded a rework of the song containing the gang’s rudimentary rap content. Incredibly the bass rhythm and drums were recorded in one 15 minute take without a hint of an edit. Admittedly, the lyrics have moved forward since these simple beginnings, but the song remains a vital foundation for the hip hop domination of the next 30 years.

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