The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for their 1979 hit, “Rapper’s Delight”, the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses the instrumental track from the classic hit “Good Times” by Chic as its foundation.
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- Born : South Bronx, New York
- Date of Birth : April 10, 1960
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The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey, called themselves Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee. “Rapper’s Delight” used a track cut from a Sugar Hill house band called Positive Force with Chip Shearin on bass and Brian Morgan on guitar. The track sampled “Good Times” by Chic. Big Bank Hank’s verses were written by Grandmaster Caz. However, despite the record’s success, Caz did not receive any royalties for his contribution. Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement over “Rapper’s Delight”, the first of many such legal battles for rap. It was settled out of court, leaving Rodgers with a large cut of all future royalties.
The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though they had a few minor hits, such as “Apache”, “Eighth Wonder” (which was performed on the American music show Soul Train in 1981), “Rapper’s Reprise (Jam Jam)”, and “Showdown” (with the Furious Five). In 1999, they reunited and recorded Jump on It!, a hip hop children’s album. They continue to tour.
Bob Sinclar collaborated with Wonder Mike and Master Gee on his 2009 release “Lala Song”. The Sugarhill Gang are also known as the Original Sugar.