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RIP Big Bank Hank

11/11/2014 4:38pm EST
Sugarhill Gang Rapper Big Bank Hank Dies At 57
Rapper Big Bank Hank from the legendary Sugarhill Gang has died from cancer at age 57. The hip hop star passed away in New York early Tuesday morning.

Big Bank Hank, born Henry Jackson in the Bronx in 1957, started his career in the 1970s by managing rap group Cold Crush. Producer Sylvia Robinson and her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson, noticed his talent and put him together with Wonder Mike and Master Gee to form the Sugarhill Gang.

The trio catapulted to fame in 1979 with their hit song "Rapper's Delight." They were the first hip-hop group to have a Top 40 hit. Hank stole the Super...

Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' Tops Rolling Stone's Hip-Hop Song List

12/6/2012 9:20am EST
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Rolling Stone magazine just named Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's rap anthem "The Message" the Greatest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time.

The 1982 hit beat out favorites such as the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force. Also making the top five: Run-DMC's "Sucker M.C.'s" and "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" by the Geto Boys.

Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," NWA's "Straight Outta Compton," and Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid In Full" complete the top 10.


'Mother Of Hip-Hop' Sylvia Robinson Dies

9/29/2011 7:32pm EDT
Sugarhill Gang
Fifties hitmaker-turned-pioneering rap producer & Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson has died at the age of 75.

She passed away on Thursday after suffering from congestive heart failure.

Robinson began her career in music as a blues singer in the 1950s and enjoyed chart success with songs such as "Pillow Talk" and "Chocolate Candy Blues." She went on to form one half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia, who shot to fame with their 1957 hit "Love is Strange," which was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing.

She later founded Sugar Hill Records with her late husband, Joe, and they scored a ch...

The Sugarhill Gang Working On A Comeback Album

9/22/2011 3:13pm EDT
Sugarhill Gang
Rap pioneers The Sugarhill Gang are set for a chart comeback - they're working on their first album in more than 10 years.

The veteran hip-hop trio, best known for the hit Rapper's Delight, has headed back into the recording studio to work on the follow-up to 1999's Jump on It!.

The news comes at a good time for The Sugarhill Gang - the rappers have also become film stars thanks to I Want My Name Back, a new documentary by The Thomas Crown Affair producer Roger Paradiso.

The movie, which premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York last week, chronicles the band's rise to fam...

Remembering Old School Music Classics

8/29/2008 9:25am EDT
Biz Markie
It might be the music that Rihanna is now discovering. Or, it may be the same music that inspired P. Diddy to get into the game and be where he is today. Whatever the case may be, old school music was all of that back in the day. Jams were light - hearted at best, about having a good time, bringing a good laugh, sharing a moral story, making a social commentary, or, just something to chill too. Going waaaay back, here are some goodies that are now old school classics.

1. Positive K - "I Got a Man"

Does persistence pay? Who knows? However, the interaction in Positive K's song...

Junior Senior To Include 7-Song EP With Ltd. Ed. Of New Album, 'Hey Hey My My Yo Yo'; Out Aug 14

7/19/2007 8:00pm EDT
Junior Senior
New York, NY - Summer's about to get even hotter as Junior Senior announce the release of their all new EP titled, 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.' The 7-song EP will be packaged as a companion disc within a limited edition release of 'Hey Hey My My Yo Yo,' on August 14, 2007 via Rykodisc/Crunchy Frog.

Jeppe (Senior) Laursen comments on the new recording, "We wanted to dance this summer, so we went into the studio. Four days. Wham-bam!" (I hope people will want to dance to it too).

In other Junior Senior news, the 80s rap-influenced song 'Hip Hop A Lula' is scheduled to run in upcoming ...

True Crime: New York City To Feature Over 80 Authentic New York Music Tracks

11/7/2005 10:10am EST
True Crime: New York City
More than 80 eclectic songs from NYC raised or transplanted bands that span such diverse genres as punk, hip hop, hardcore and rock bring true East Coast flavor to Activision, Inc.’s highly anticipated True Crime: New York City video game. The in-game soundtrack features licensed tracks from some of the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan, The Ramones and Blondie to Run DMC, Public Enemy and DMX, as well as new music from Redman, including “Rush The Security” from his upcoming album Red Gone Wild and two original tracks written for the game. True Crime: New York City, set to hit store s...