Click to Watch in HD > Rappers Delight - The Sugarhill Gang (1979)

Watch Rappers Delight was a 1979 single by American hip-hop trio The Sugarhill Gang. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip-hop in the United States and around the world. The song was ranked #248 on Rolling Stone magazines list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and #2 on VH1s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. In late 1979, Debbie Harry of the group Blondie suggested that Chics Nile Rodgers join her and Chris Stein at a hip-hop event, which at the time was a communal space taken over by teenagers with boom box stereos playing various pieces of music that performers would break dance to. Rodgers experienced this event the first time himself at a high school in the Bronx. A few weeks later, Blondie, The Clash and Chic were playing a gig in New York at Bonds nightclub. When Chic started playing Good Times, rapper Fab Five Freddy and what were the original members of The Sugarhill Gang jumped up on stage and started rapping freestyle with the band. A few weeks later Rodgers was on the dance floor of New York club LaViticus and heard the DJ play a song which opened with Bernard Edwards bass line from Chics Good Times. Rodgers approached the DJ who said he was playing a record he had just bought that day in Harlem. The song turned out to be an early version of Rappers Delight, which also included a scratched version of the songs string section. Rodgers and Edwards immediately threatened legal action over copyright issues, which resulted in a settlement and them being credited as co-writers. Rodgers admitted that he was originally upset with the song, but would later declare it to be one of [his] favorite songs of all time, also saying that as innovative and important as Good Times was, Rappers Delight was just as much, if not more so. Rappers Delight hit #36 on the U.S. pop charts, and #4 on the U.S. R and B chart. In 1979 it became the first hip-hop single to go gold. The following year, the song was the anchor of the groups first album The Sugarhill Gang. It was the first Top 40 song to be available only as a 12-inch extended version in the U.S., and no U.S. 7-inch, 45-RPM record was made. In Europe, however, it was released on the classic 7-inch single format, with a shorter version of the song. The original members, all from Englewood, New Jersey, called themselves Wonder Mike (born Michael Anthony Wright on April 30, 1957), Big Bank Hank a.k.a. Imp the Dimp (born 1956 as Henry Jackson) and Master Gee (born Guy OBrien in 1963). They were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson who also founded Sugar Hill Records, along with her husband, the record mogul Joe Robinson. This channel is dedicated to all the great rap music from back in the day. The music that started the whole hip-hop revolution, the incredible music from the 70s, the 80s, and the early 90s . . . The Roots Of Rap are here! For music videos of the Old School funk, go to: www.youtube.com/DJBuddyLoveOldSchool If you like relaxing with some classic Cool Jazz, go to: www.youtube.com/DJBuddyLoveCoolJazz If you love jamming to some great Classic Rock, check out: www.youtube.com/DJBuddyLoveClassicRR Check out my newer music videos and other fun stuff at: www.youtube.com/DJBuddyLove3000 If you like college football and other aspects of life at The Ohio State University, go to: www.youtube.com/DJBuddyLoveBuckeyes Check out my news videography stuff at: www.youtube.com/VonReganDavis Also, check out my youngest daughter (the worlds youngest video producer) at: www.youtube.com/DaddyzGirl3000 To stay updated about all my projects, please join my Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/DJBuddyLove3000 And coming soon . . . DJ Buddy Love presents LONGEVITY . . . A world record club DJ mixing marathon charity event . . . 121 hours nonstop to benefit cancer research . . . Live to the world via UStream, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter . . . More details coming soon . . . Enjoy!! ;~} Copyright 1979 Sugar Hill Records All Rights Reserved

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