She signed the sugar hill gang, grandmaster flash & the furious five, etc… She could get anyone that she wanted to sign on her label
Her and her son (Joey Robinson) made it their mission to find rap groups One day they went to a new jersey *** (not in Bronx) pizza place – they met BIG BANK HANK *** - real name was henry Jackson He was a bouncer at disco fever (local spot where people saw rappers) He was a self-acclaimed rap manager Because he was a bouncer at the club that had rap, he was exposed to the environment They watched him rapping as he was preparing pizza They saw him and asked him to make a record under their label The raps he was performing belonged to the rappers that he heard at the club that he worked at o ** heard raps from… Master G and Wonder Mike who were his friends In this time rappers were being exploited – Big bank hank used his friends Master G and Wonder Mikes rhyme book with their permission to make a record His raps came from Grandmaster Caz and Casanova Fly and Rahim? SONG: Sugar Hill Gang – Rappers Delight (15 minutes long) Sugarhill is said to have changed the name from rhyming to rap Master G, Wonder Mike, and Henry Jackson made up the sugar hill gang With this song this new style was born – this was the first time it was recorded It always existed but it was now able to spread because it was recorded Ultimately this whole thing was a fluke – the hip hop movement didn’t come from the Bronx where all of the work came from Silvia Robinson was there at the right time and took the risks and ultimately helped to start hip hop The song was so huge so it was widely recognized The Fatback song isn’t recognized as the first because it wasn’t popular She was a catalyst Rappers delight came out in October 1979 Peaked at the #36 position on the top 40 charts for two weeks This song was different from what the population was used to Came out only a few weeks after fatback record It was the first successful rap record ever released Ironic because the sugar hill gang never scored another top 40 hit for the rest of their career The first song that proved to people that they could memorize 12 minutes of rhyme This song was the beginning of the rap game The fact that the rap was not hard core was also good for opening the doors MCs and people involved in real rap in the Bronx resented this record because the sugar hill gang weren’t part of the scene that they were a part of The bassist – Bernard Edwards - for chic though at first when he heard the song that the DJ was rapping over his bass line Chic wanted to sue sugar hill gang They were threatened with guns to stop the lawsuit but continues because their people knew the gang that was threatening them ***CHIC was paid a settlement of $500,000 in cash *** Sugar hill had a hard time releasing another popular song after this SONG: Apache – The Sugar Hill Gang
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