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The Sugarhill Gang


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You don't get more "old school" than this: the first full-length release in hip-hop history featuring rap's first hit, Rapper's Delight . This may have been conceived to cash in on the rap "fad," but it was still a landmark release and is still a joy to behold: Rapper's Delight; Rapper's Reprise; Passion Play on CD with the original track listing and artwork for the first time!

1. Here I Am
2. Rapper's Reprise
3. Bad News Don't Bother Me
4. Sugarhill Groove
5. Passion Play
6. Rapper's Delight

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dbk Works
  • ASIN: B000PAAIIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Coleman on May 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
At this point I haven't bought the CD, but I bought this on LP many, many years ago. Just so happens I was able to download these tracks on an mp3 site I subscribe to the other day and had a wonderful trip down memory lane listening to these talented individuals. I forgot how great these guys can SING! Only three of the songs on this CD are raps...the rest are songs they are actually singing (and these guys have some really beautiful voices too!) You got to check out the slow jam "Here I Am"...that's a beautiful old school ballad that reminds me of something that the Isley Brothers could have done easily back then. It's like an Isley slow jam from the 70's and these guys NAIL it. Mid tempo tracks like "Bad News" and especially "Passion Play" are really good toe tappers. Amazon needs to get some mp3s of this CD up here fast--even though I d/l'd these tracks elsewhere, it sounds like they ripped it directly from the LP--they're not remastered. I may end up buying this CD anyway so I can get better quality. But all in all, this Sugarhill Gang CD is something you'd want to own if you love ***classic 70's R&B music*** as well as the raps (BTW, "Rappers Reprise" and "Sugarhill Groove" are the bomb! I remember them playing @ the club back in the day...brings back great memories!) Every single song on this CD sounds GREAT!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Strictly speaking, this isn't the first rap album as it has only 3 actual rap tunes on it. But in the summer of 1980 (a VERY good summer for R&B albums in general) this was the JAM! "Sugarhill Groove" (with an amazing drum break by the legendary Tito Puente) was perhaps the funkiest track the gang ever recorded. Highly underrated. "Rapper's Reprise" with the Sequence (including the young Angie Stone) is not so hot, but the slower tunes "Passion Play," "Bad News Don't Bother Me," and "Here I Am" in particular, show that the gang were not half bad as singers. Oh yeah, the version of "Rapper's Delight" included here is not the complete version. But overall, a very enjoyable and worthwhile purchase that (for the most part) still remains enjoyable two decades later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelly on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's possible that the previous reviewer got an earlier release version of this album but I ordered mine from Amazon last year and it has the 15 minute (actually 14 min, 23 seconds) version of Rapper's Delight on it. It would be nice if Amazon would check this item and put that in the details (whether it is the 4:55 (original 45 RPM version), 6:30 (original short version on 12") or 15:00 (original long version on 12")).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2012
Format: Vinyl
Really hate to be a broken record in my reviews but I cannot think of anyone who got caught up in the whole hip-hop media credibility game as Michael Wright,Henry Jackson and Guy O'Brien. More commonly known as Wonder Mike,Master Gee and Big Bank Hank. Well most of us have heard "Rapper's Delight" at least once. Maybe King Tim III was the first officially recorded rapper. Oh yeah and perhaps (as the big 90's media cred cliche goes) they were a "studio creation" assembled by Sylvia Robinson for the Sugarhill record label. Well so who cares anyway? Basically this album has all kinds of great things in it's favor. For one thing,the band Positive Force supply the music. This was before turntablist's were being recorded and loong before the advent of samplers. Also this trio came close during the tail end of the late 70's dance-funk era so they were,in particular Guy O'Brien very talented singers as well with an excellent vocal range. And above all this album is kicking,no holds barred FUNKY!!!!

The most interesting aspect of this album is that it opens with a ballad in "Here I Am". And it's really quite excellent. However it's not a hip-hop ballad but rather this wonderfully gospel vocal styled late 70's soul ballad with some terrific harmonies. "Bad News Don't Bother Me" is actually an even better an example of a song in a similar vein,in that case with a strong melody. In addition to yet another variation of "Rapper's Delight" at the end of the album there's the powerful "Rapper's Reprise",set to an early drum machine powered dance-funk jam and featuring the first rapped song on the album. There's also the brilliant near ten minute "Sugarhill Groove",hefty king sized funk with this intense percussion breakdown that's further excited by the addition of Tito Puente.
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I bought this for a birthday present for a very good friend of mine. It is a total surprise. Those whom are real hip hop fans of old school 1990s music--then this is your album. It's classic. Most definitely a great purchase.

Enjoy, Luke.
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By rudeboy on February 22, 2012
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I am truly a child og hip hop. I was tbere when King Tim III hit tbe airwaves, which means I was there when tbe Sugarhill Gang took the nation by storm. This album is even better the second time around. Every song is a classic. Even though it's not the Gang singing, 'Here I Am, and Bad News' rock. Rappers Reprise has always been underrated . The Sequence never get their due. If you're a true collector of old school hip hop this is a must have.
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