Of course we always pay homage to Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin but, when you rewind a few years earlier Sylvia Robinson was a pioneer of Hip Hop who didn’t receive much praise.
A singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the pioneering hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording with them, passed away Thursday. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song. The second was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
Robinson is the mother of modern hip-hop. The song “Rapper’s Delight” brought rap into the public music arena, and revolutionized the music industry as it introduced the idea of re-using existing compositions, a practice that later became known as “sampling.”