In Hip Hop History Today “The Sugarhill Gang released Rapper’s Delight” September 16, 1979

“Rapper’s Delight” is a song recorded in 1979 by hip hop trio The Sugarhill Gang. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world. The song is ranked #251 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #2 on both About.com’s and VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. It is also included in NPR’s list of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century. The song was also named as the Greatest Really Long Rock Song of all time by Digital Dream Door. It was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2011, calling it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The song was recorded in a single take. Watch the video for “Rapper’s Delight” above.

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