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

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
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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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