Sylvia Robinson, co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, passed away at the age of 75. She is considered the mother of hip hop. Before Sugar Hill Records she had her own music career singing R&B, soul and blues. In 1979 she first heard hip hop then subsequently put together three unknown MC’s — Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee — and they recorded Rapper’s Delight. I shouldn’t have to explain the impact of that Sugar Hill Gang track on hip hop.

Sylvia Robinson is survived by her sons Joey, Leland and Rhondo and 10 grandchildren. Her husband Joe, the other founder of Sugar Hill Records, passed away due to cancer in 2000.


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