Sugarhill Gang (album)

Sugarhill Gang is the self-titled debut album by influential rap group The Sugarhill Gang.

Sugarhill Gang
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1980 (1980-02-07)[citation needed]
Recorded1979
GenreOld-school hip hop, disco, soul
Length39:17
LabelSugarhill Records
ProducerSylvia Robinson
The Sugarhill Gang chronology
Sugarhill Gang
(1980)
8th Wonder
(1981)
Singles from Sugarhill Gang
  1. "Rapper's Delight"
    Released: September 16, 1979
  2. "Rapper's Reprise"
    Released: 1980

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Smash Hits5/10[2]

The album was released in 1980 for Sugarhill Records and was produced by Sylvia Robinson. The single "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #36 on the U.S. pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart. Although "Rapper's Delight" was the only charting single, the album also included the minor hit, "Rapper's Reprise". Aside from the two singles and "Sugarhill Groove", the remainder of the LP consists of several down-tempo soul tracks and a disco instrumental, as Sylvia Robinson did not believe an album consisting entirely of hip hop music would be commercially viable in 1980.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Here I Am" – 5:09 (Craig Derry, Nate Edmonds)
  2. "Rapper's Reprise (Jam-Jam)" (ft. The Sequence) – 7:40 (Sylvia Robinson)
  3. "Bad News (Don't Bother Me)" – 6:45 (Guy O'Brien, Henry Jackson, Michael Wright)
  4. "Sugarhill Groove" – 9:52 (Guy O'Brien, Henry Jackson, Michael Wright, Sylvia Robinson)
  5. "Passion Play" – 5:10 (Brenda Reynolds, Nate Edmonds, Ray Smith)
  6. "Rapper's Delight" – 14:37 [4:55 – shortened single version] (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers)

PersonnelEdit

  • Rappers – Big Bank Hank, Master Gee, Wonder Mike (The Sugarhill Gang)
  • Backing Vocals, and Rhythm Arrangements – Positive Force (tracks 3, 5, 6)
  • Bass – Bernard Rowland (tracks 3, 5, 6), Douglas Wimbish, possibly Chip Shearin[3][4] (track 6)
  • Drums – Bryan Horton (tracks 3, 5, 6), Keith LeBlanc
  • Guitar – Albert Pittman (tracks 3, 5, 6[5]), Skip McDonald, possibly Brian Morgan[4][6] (track 6)
  • Keyboards – Nate Edmonds, Skitch Smith
  • Percussion – Craig Derry, Harry Reyes, John Stump
  • Vibraphone, Backing Vocals – Sylvia Robinson
  • Special Guest Appearance – Tito Puente
  • Special Effects – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds
  • Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds, Sylvia Robinson

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 92
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 32

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart positions[9]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
AUS[7]
1979 "Rappers Delight" 36 (1980) 4 14 37

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zimmermann, Curtis. The Sugarhill Gang: Sugarhill Gang > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Sugarhill Gang: Sugarhill Gang". Smash Hits (March 20 – April 2): 31.
  3. ^ "Chip Shearin artist page". TC Electronic. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Sugarhill Gang". EEG Talent. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ http://nicolemount37.wixsite.com/music-bnb/bio
  6. ^ "The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper's Delight". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 299. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Sugarhill Gang Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sugarhill Gang US singles chart history". Allmusic.com. Retrieved August 25, 2011.