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…

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