Old School Mondayz – Legends_ The Sugar Hill Gang

Sugarhill Gang

Origin – Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres – Hip hop, old-school hip hop
Years active – 1973–2007, 2010–present (minor touring)
Labels – Sugar Hill
Members – Wonder Mike
Master Gee
Big Bank Hank

The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit “Good Times” by Chic as its foundation.[1]

The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who founded Sugar Hill Records with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson.[2] The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Manhattan neighborhood.[3]

The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though it 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, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children’s album. The group continue to tour. Here I Am, a track on their album sang by Craig Derry, achieved moderate success despite not being released as a single.

Bob Sinclar collaborated with Wonder Mike and Master Gee on his 2009 release “Lala Song”. The Sugarhill Gang is also known as the Original Sugar.

Discography

The Sugarhill Gang discography
Releases

↙Studio albums4
↙Compilation albums9
↙Singles15
The discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes four studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles.

Studio albums

YearTitleChart positions

U.S. top 200U.S. R&BNZ

1980Sugarhill Gang
Released: February 7, 1980
Label: Sugar Hill Records
—4—
19828th Wonder
Released: November 24, 1982
Label: Sugar Hill
501544
1983Rappin’ Down Town[4]
Released: 1983
Label: Sugar Hill
1984Livin’ in the Fast Lane
Label: Sugar Hill[5]
———
1999Jump on It!
Released: April 16, 1999
Label: Rhino Entertainment
———
Compilation albums
Sugarhill Gang Greatest Hits (1984)
The Best of Sugarhill Gang: Rapper’s Delight (1996)
Ain’t Nothin’ but a Party (1998)
Back to the Old School 2 – Rapper’s Delights (1999)
Sugarhill Gang, The* Vs. Grandmaster Flash – The Greatest Hits (2000)
The Greatest Hits of Sugarhill Gang (2004 Tour) (2004)
The Story of Sugarhill Records (2005)
Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour: Sugarhill Gang Live (2008)
Rhythm & Rhymes: The Definitive Collection (2010)
Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum

U.S. Hot 100U.S. R&BU.S. Club PlayNZUK

1979″Rapper’s Delight”36414183Sugarhill Gang
1980″Rapper’s Reprise (Jam Jam)”—————
“8th Wonder”821538——8th Wonder
1981″Apache”531351——
“Showdown” (credited as The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang)—49———
1982″The Lover In You”—55——54Rappin Down Town
1983″The Word Is Out”—71———
“Be A Winner”—————
“Kick It Live from 9 to 5” / “The Lover In You”—50———Livin’ in the Fast Lane
1984″Livin’ in the Fast Lane”—————
“Troy” / “Girls”—————
“The Down Beat”——————
1985″Work, Work The Body”—————
1989″Rapper’s Delight (Hip Hop Remix ’89)”———3458

2009″Lala Song” (credited as Bob Sinclar featuring The Sugarhill Gang)

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