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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