My mother, Sylvia Robinson, was a musical genius. She did it all, from singing and writing to producing and engineering. The songs she created changed the face of music.

When she started Sugarhill Records in 1979, hip-hop was an under-appreciated street art. But when the Sugarhill Gang released "Rapper's Delight," this little-known genre became a mainstream phenomenon that continues to produce the most exciting and revolutionary music out there. I am so proud of the role that our family business played in introducing hip-hop to the world.

Sugarhill Records is still run by family, overseen by myself since the passing of my mother and brothers. My kids, nieces and nephews are all working in the industry and making their mark as artists, producers and executives as they vie to prove why they deserve to become my successor to the Sugarhill empire in the new Bravo series, "First Family of Hip-Hop."

Don't forget to watch the premiere on January 15th at 9/8c to get to know my family as we share our story of Hip-Hop!

As a little preview, I put together a playlist of notable Sugarhill songs from the past and present to give you a sense of who we are.

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Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia (1956)
This is one of my mother's most famous songs. This song put her on the map as an artist in 1956. Sixty years later, it's still recognizable, having been featured in movies like "Dirty Dancing" and "Casino."
Rapper's Delight - The Sugar Hill Gang (1980)
The song that started a new genre of music. The original 14-minute version was recorded in one take (with my mother playing the vibraphone!) and it's been preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Apache - The Sugar Hill Gang (1981)
Featured in shows like "fresh Prince of Bel Air" and movies like "Snatch," it's always a crowd-pleaser.
​8th Wonder - The Sugar Hill Gang (1982)
The title track from Sugar Hill Gang's second album has been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys to Tribe Called Quest and Jennifer Lopez.
The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
This was the first prominent hip-hop song to provide lyrical social commentary. It​ took rap from a party genre to a social platform other artists like NWA and Public Enemy would later adopt. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the greatest hip-hop song of all time.
NASA - Darnell Robinson (2016)
My son, Darnell, has developed a new, more adult sound and his song already has more than 40,000 downloads on Soundcloud and the video is in featured rotation on Music Choice.
Gimme Your Love - Lea Robinson (2016)
Lea reminds me so much of my mother and her music is as catchy and special. She's destined to be a legend like her grandmother was.
Right Now - Shanell Jones aka Lady Luck (2016)
Lady Luck (aka my second cousin Shanell Jones) was a trailblazer on the early 2000 hip hop scene and now she's back with new music to claim her place in hip-hop history.
Funk I Like - Jonathan Williams (2016)
This represents a departure for Sugar Hill music but one we're excited about. This blend of hip hop and jazz is the kind of innovative music we're looking to put out on the label.

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