Hip Hop’s Godmother, Sylvia Robinson (March 6, 1936 – September 29, 2011)

Sylvia Robinson, 75, was a woman whose name you may not of heard, but whose work you surely have. She is known as the mother/godmother of hip hop music.

Robinson was the founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records. She put together The Sugarhill Gang and released their 1979 single “Rapper’s Delight,” which was the first rap song to be commercially recognized by the public.

Sugar Hill Records and Sylvia Robinson also put out Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” from the album of the same name, which is unarguably one of the best rap efforts of all time…

She also received moderate success as an artist with singles “Love Is Strange” from 1957 and “Pillow Talk” from 1973.

Sadly, in 1995, Sugar Hill Records became defunct, with the distribution rights being sold to Rhino Records. Then, in 2002, Sugar Hill Studios in Englewood, NJ was lost in a tragic fire.

Studio fires couldn’t stop the world from being aware of songs like “The Message.” Sylvia, who died of heart failure in New Jersey at Meadowlands hospital was a legend who cannot go unmentioned or be forgotten.

Celebrity fans and members of her family took to Twitter yesterday to express their love for her.

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