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At the origin of Rap...

Sugarhill Gang is an American band formed in 1979 in Englewood and composed of Michael Wright, Henry Jackson and Guy O’Brien.

Little information concerning them except that they will remain in the musical history of the 80s mainly for the enormous title "Rapper's delight", title which will remain in the history as being the first single of Rap to enter in the Top40 of the American Bilbord Hot 100.

As such, they deserved this article.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Rapper’s delight 1979

  • 8th wonder 1980

  • Apache 1981

  • Showdown 1981

  • The lover in you 1982

  • The world is out 1983

  • Kick it 1983

  • Troy 1984

  • Work, work the body 1985


Clips :

1979 ... the title of a lifetime, the one that makes you fit One Shot into the legend, the one with a capital L. The group simply signs here one of the biggest Dance hits of the end of the 20th century, nothing only that. All thanks to a very free cover of the Chic title "Good times" and above all thanks to a style of phrasing singing never seen before. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !

1980 ... the transition to the 80s takes place under ideal conditions even if this title is unable to compete with the previous gem

1981 ... when rappers cover one of the biggest standards of the 60s, the result can only be astonishing. The best known version is that of the Shadows but the original, the real one, is attributed to Bert Weedon and dates from 1960

1981 ... a truly unique style that sets them apart from the crowd, that's clear. Even if the vocals part is very minimalist, the melodic part, it holds up largely

1982 ... a single title year but a quality title, once again. It is clear that the group begins to 'fall into line' while still managing to retain some of its originality

1983 ... an originality which begins to tire the general public and which no longer really finds its place the further we advance in time. It feels like the end of it all ...

1983 ... success is essentially limited to R&B customers now. The group hangs on but its hour of glory is over, it's clear

1984 ... the fall is gradual and, above all, irremediable. The group will release 3 titles during this year 1984 and none will be classified. When it doesn't want anymore, it doesn't want anymore ...

1985 ... the final twilight. Last year of existence and especially last single. That will not change the situation unfortunately. An adventure that nevertheless produced one of the biggest dance hits of all time. Not that bad !


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