The Sugarhill Gang, who recorded the track that launched the rise of hip-hop 40 years ago: Wonder Mike, DJ Dynasty, Hen Dogg, Master Gee. Photo: Handout
The Sugarhill Gang, who recorded the track that launched the rise of hip-hop 40 years ago: Wonder Mike, DJ Dynasty, Hen Dogg, Master Gee. Photo: Handout
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Hip-hop at 40: remembering the Sugarhill Gang, whose 1979 record launched a new era in music

  • The group’s track ‘Rapper’s Delight’ introduced to the world the delights of hip-hop, an underground style centred on live performance in New York’s Bronx
  • Another early track, ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was the first recorded rap song to describe life in the ghettos

The Sugarhill Gang, who recorded the track that launched the rise of hip-hop 40 years ago: Wonder Mike, DJ Dynasty, Hen Dogg, Master Gee. Photo: Handout
The Sugarhill Gang, who recorded the track that launched the rise of hip-hop 40 years ago: Wonder Mike, DJ Dynasty, Hen Dogg, Master Gee. Photo: Handout
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