The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang


Englewood, New Jersey, United States


Hip hop, old school hip hop

Years active

1973-1985, 1999-2007


Sugar Hill Records (1979-1985)
Kid Rhino (1999)

Past members

The Sugarhill Gang were an American hip hop trio from New Jersey, best known for their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight", the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit and generally considered to be the song that introduced hip hop music to audiences in the United States and around the world. 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. The group and their record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Manhattan neighborhood. Greg "Kory-O" Taylor later joined the group as Master Gee's replacement

The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts after "Rapper's Delight", though it had a few minor hits, such as "Apache", "8th Wonder", "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. Big Bank Hank died on 11 November 2014.


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