Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ added to Library Of Congress | Music News

Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” was a seminal record for a number of reasons, one of them simply being it was, and still is, an amazing song. Universally viewed as Hip Hop’s first ever mainstream song, “Rapper’s Delight” has gone on to become one of the most sampled and referenced records of all time.

In acknowledgement of the song’s historic significance, the groundbreaking hit has been entered into the National Recording Registry.

Every year, 25 recordings are included in the registry celebrating the “cultural, historical or aesthetic” legacy of influential records. This year, “Rapper’s Delight” joins Prince’s Purple Rain album and Parliament’s “Mothership Connection” as one of the 25 added to the Library of Congress.

The LOC website reflects on the importance of the classic, stating:

‘The Sugarhill Gang’s infectious dance number from late 1979 might be said to have launched an entire genre. Although spoken word had been a component of recorded American popular music for decades, this trio’s rhythmic rhyming inspired many MC’s-to-be and other future rap artists.’

‘The album version of “Rapper’s Delight” is an epic 14’1/2 minute salvo of irreverent stories and creative word play. The song dates from hip-hop’s infancy. As such, it does not address subject matter that has given rap music both positive and negative notoriety, but the song’s inventive rhymes, complex counter-rhythms, and brash boastfulness presage the tenets of hip hop.’

‘”Rapper’s Delight” also reflects an early instance of music sampling and a legal settlement; it draws its bass line and other features from Chic’s 1979 hit “Good Times.” As a result, songwriting credits for “Rapper’s Delight” include that song’s composers, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, as well as Sylvia Robinson and the Sugarhill Gang (Michael Wright, Guy O’Brien, and Henry Jackson). Selected for the 2011 registry.’

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