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There is no school older than the old-school beats of rap masters, The Sugarhill Gang. As the grandfathers of rap, they introduced the world to hip-hop and changed the music world forever. The Sugarhill Gang is back and on the road. Get ready to shake your booty the way they did in the 70s.
You can score The Sugarhill Gang tickets for a number of events around the UK. They kick off with festival dates including the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival in Moseley Park, Tramlines in Sheffield, and The Beat Herder in Skipton. You can also catch them headlining solo shows at Audio in Glasgow, Concorde 2 in Brighton, The Jazz Cafe in London, and Manchester Academy 2. Don't miss out!
The main sample in "Rapper's Delight" is from the hit song, "Good Times," by Nile Rodger's band, Chic. The Sugarhill Gang announced existence of the song in spectacular fashion. When Chic played support at a New York gig by The Clash in 1979, The Sugarhill Gang rushed the stage during "Good Times," grabbed the mic and started free styling. Rodgers had no idea that his song was being sampled in the record, and he was shocked when he heard the single a few weeks later. A bitter lawsuit ensued, and Rodgers was eventually credited as co-author of the song. He was furious at the time, but now he says that "Rapper's Delight" is one of his favourite songs.
The deprived area of Englewood, New Jersey was home to a thriving urban culture scene in the late 70s. Breakdancing, rapping, graffiti and mixing were becoming popular on the street in a culture known collectively as "hip-hop." Record producer, Sylvia Robinson, who had previously worked with people such as Ike and Tina Turner, saw an opportunity. She gathered together three young men who were involved in that scene: Mike Wright, aka Wonder Mike; Henry Jackson, aka Big Bank Hank; and Guy O'Brien, aka Master Gee.
The Sugarhill Gang didn't invent rapping. "Rap" had previously been used to describe any kind of spoken-word recording, such as those by Isaac Hayes and Gil Scott Heron. Other artists were beginning to experiment with a style that could be recognised as hip-hop. "Rapper's Delight" was still the big bang of hip-hop. It was the first time that audiences became aware of rap, combined with mixing and sampling, as a genuine style of music. The record wasn't that big of a hit upon its release, barely managing to scrape into the Top 40. As its influence spread throughout the world, it became clear that The Sugarhill Gang had changed music in much the same way that Elvis did when he released "Hound Dog.
The guys went on to have several other hits, including "8th Wonder" and the enormous "Apache." As hip-hop culture exploded into the mainstream in the early 80s, the band found itself in huge demand to play festivals and collaborate with emerging acts like Run-DMC and The Furious Five. Ironically, it wasn't long before someone scored a major hit using a sample of their work. Grandmaster Flash's mega hit, "White Lines," was based around a bass line recorded by The Sugarhill Gang's backing band.
Sadly, Big Bank Hank is rapping up in heaven now. Wonder Mike and Master Gee are still kicking it live, bringing the beats and showing the new school how it's done. Be prepared to bust some old school break dancing moves, since the brother still got mad rhymes. Everybody say hotel, motel...
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