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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, one of the pioneers in the genre and the first band to have an international Top 40 hit. They are best known for their singles "Rapper's Delight" (1979), "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (1981). The band hails from Englewood, New Jersey, USA and were named after the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Manhattan. Members are Michael Wright, a.k.a. "Wonder Mike", Henry Jackson "Big Bank Hank" (who [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] on November 11, 2014) and Guy O'Brien, "Master Gee".

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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, one of the pioneers considered an important pioneer in the genre and the first band to have an international Top 40 hit. genre. They are best known best-known for their singles the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight" (1979), Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, on its way to becoming an international hit. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (1981).(1981) are also considered classics. The band hails from Englewood, New Jersey, USA and were named after the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Manhattan. Members are Michael Wright, a.k.a. "Wonder Mike", Henry Jackson "Big Bank Hank" (who [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] on November 11, 2014) and Guy O'Brien, "Master Gee".


* UnbuiltTrope: Since there had never been a hit rap single before, when it came time to release an album featuring "Rapper's Delight", their label didn't think there was a market for a full album of rapping, so besides an extended version of the hit, it also featured straightforward songs and an instrumental.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Since there had never been a hit rap single before, when it came time to release an album featuring "Rapper's Delight", their label [[ItWillNeverCatchOn didn't think there was a market for a full album of rapping, rapping]], so besides an extended version of the hit, it also featured straightforward songs and an instrumental.


--> The beat don't stop to the break of dawn.

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--> The beat don't stop to until the break of dawn.


* CatchPhrase: "''Throw your hands up in the air / and wave 'em like you just don't care''" from "Rapper's Delight" was re-used by countless rappers ever since.

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* CatchPhrase: "''Throw Each of the group has their own catchphrase in "Rappers Delight," which they use to pace their verses.
** Wonder Mike has the page quote ("hip, hop, a hippie...") as his signature, as well as "baby brutha."
** Big Bank Hank has his signature ending to each of his verses. The second half, especially, became iconic to him. He also always introduces Master Gee as "my mellow!"
--> Hotel, motel, whatcha gonna do today. Cause imma get a fly girl, gonna get some spank and drive off in a def OJ
--> Everybody go: hotel, motel, Holiday Inn! If
your hands up in the air / girl starts actin' up, then you take her friend.
** Master Gee has his own, used similar to Wonder Mike's:
--> On
and wave 'em like you just on, and on, on and on.
--> The beat
don't care''" from "Rapper's Delight" was re-used by countless rappers ever since. stop to the break of dawn.



* FatherlyAdvice: ''"You never let an MC steal your rhyme"'' - "Rapper's Delight".
* ForeignQueasine: "Rapper's Delight" has the protagonist visiting his friend's mother, who turns out to be a terrible cook.

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* FatherlyAdvice: ''"You A la Big Bank Hank in Rapper's Delight: ''"whatever you do in your lifetime, you never let an MC steal your rhyme"'' - "Rapper's Delight".
rhyme"''
* ForeignQueasine: One of Wonder Mike's verses "Rapper's Delight" has the protagonist visiting his friend's mother, who turns out to be a terrible cook.cook.
--> While the stinky food's steaming, your mind starts to dreaming of the moment it's time to leave
--> And then you look at your plate and the chicken's slowly rotting, and there's something that looks like cheese



* ListSong: All three of them dip into this at parts of Rapper's Delight, be it Hank listing all the things he has, Wonder Mike all the things as bizarre as a beat without a groove, or Gee listing all the ways he was a master rapper even as a child.



* NiceMeanAndInBetween: In Rapper's Delight. Wonder Mike is the "nice," whose verses are entirely wholesome numbers about funny situations and how much they love the audience and the music. Big Bank Hank is the "mean," whose verses are braggadocious and all about him sleeping around and rubbing his success in on his rivals. And Master Gee is the "in-between," being braggy and flirtateous but not excessively so like Hank's, tying both personalities together.



* PatrioticFervor: "''And guess what, America: we love thee!''" - "Rapper's Delight".

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* PatrioticFervor: "''And guess what, America: we love thee!''" you!''" - "Rapper's Delight".


* EpicRocking: The 14 minute version of "Rapper's Delight".

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* EpicRocking: The 14 minute version of "Rapper's Delight".Delight", ranging from 6:30 for the 12" short version) to 14:35 for the full album version.



* ProductPlacement: A Cadillac, The Nits, and Holiday Inn are mentioned in "Rapper's Delight".

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* ProductPlacement: A Lincoln Continental, a Cadillac, The Nits, and Holiday Inn are mentioned in "Rapper's Delight".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Although they are a family-friendly group, "Rapper's Delight" does contain a few innuendos in its lyrics, some of which were blatant enough for Creator/PlaygroundGames to {{Bowdlerize}} the song for its inclusion in ''VideoGame/{{Forza}} Horizon 4''.


* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop: They popularized the genre internationally.


The Sugarhill Gang are an American rap group, one of the pioneers in the genre and the first band to have an international Top 40 hit. They are best known for their singles "Rapper's Delight" (1979), "8th Wonder" (1980) and "Apache" (1981). The band hails from Englewood, New Jersey, USA and were named after the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Manhattan. Members are Michael Wright, aka ''Wonder Mike'', Henry Jackson ''Big Bank Hank'' (who [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] on November 11, 2014) and Guy O'Brien, ''Master Gee''.

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The Sugarhill Gang are is an American rap group, one of the pioneers in the genre and the first band to have an international Top 40 hit. They are best known for their singles "Rapper's Delight" (1979), "8th Wonder" (1980) (1980), and "Apache" (1981). The band hails from Englewood, New Jersey, USA and were named after the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Manhattan. Members are Michael Wright, aka ''Wonder Mike'', a.k.a. "Wonder Mike", Henry Jackson ''Big "Big Bank Hank'' Hank" (who [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] on November 11, 2014) and Guy O'Brien, ''Master Gee''.
"Master Gee".



* AgeProgressionSong: The full length version of ''Rapper's Delight'' has the protagonist rap that he was already a great rapper at age 4. He then continues to boast what he was able to do right up to age 9.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Master Gee, as he himself says in ''Rapper's Delight''.
* BadassBoast: ''Rapper's Delight'' is full of these.
* CatchPhrase: ''"Throw your hands up in the air/ and wave 'em like you just don't care"'' from ''Rapper's Delight'' was re-used by countless rappers ever since.
* ContinuityNod: The lyric ''"What you hear is not a test"'' from ''Rapper's Delight'' was re-used in ''Apache''.
* EpicRocking: The 14 minute version of ''Rapper's Delight''.
* FatherlyAdvice: ''"You never let an MC steal your rhyme"'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.
* ForeignQueasine: ''Rapper's Delight'' has the protagonist visiting his friend's mother, who turns out to be a terrible cook.

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* AgeProgressionSong: The full length version of ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" has the protagonist rap that he was already a great rapper at age 4. He then continues to boast what he was able to do right up to age 9.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Master Gee, as he himself says in ''Rapper's Delight''.
"Rapper's Delight".
* BadassBoast: ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" is full of these.these.
* CatchPhrase: "''Throw your hands up in the air / and wave 'em like you just don't care''" from "Rapper's Delight" was re-used by countless rappers ever since.

* CatchPhrase: ''"Throw your hands up in the air/ and wave 'em like you just don't care"'' from ''Rapper's Delight'' was re-used by countless rappers ever since.
* ContinuityNod: The lyric ''"What you hear is not a test"'' from ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" was re-used in ''Apache''.
"Apache".
* EpicRocking: The 14 minute version of ''Rapper's Delight''.
"Rapper's Delight".
* FatherlyAdvice: ''"You never let an MC steal your rhyme"'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.
"Rapper's Delight".
* ForeignQueasine: ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" has the protagonist visiting his friend's mother, who turns out to be a terrible cook. cook.



* LongRunners: The band has been active since 1979 and are still touring as of this day. This makes the line ''You can rap until you're 100 years old'' in ''Rapper's Delight'' all the more true.
* MagnumOpus: In-universe. ''"It's time to release/ my vicious rhyme I call my masterpiece"'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.

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* LongRunners: The band has been active since 1979 and are still touring as of this day. This makes the line ''You "''You can rap until you're 100 years old'' old''" in ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" all the more true.
true.
* MagnumOpus: In-universe. ''"It's "''It's time to release/ release / my vicious rhyme I call my masterpiece"'' masterpiece''" - ''Rapper's Delight''. "Rapper's Delight".
* TheOner: "Rapper's Delight" was recorded in just one take.



* {{Sampling}}: ''Apache'' is a cover of Music/TheIncredibleBongoBand's ''Apache''. ''Rappers Delight'' is based on a hook from ''Good Times'' by Music/{{Chic}}. ''8th Wonder'' samples ''Ever Ready'' by Johnnie Taylor and ''Daisy Lady'' by 7th Wonder.
* PatrioticFervor: ''"And guess what, America: we love thee!"'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.
* ProductPlacement: A Cadillac, The Nits and Holiday Inn are mentioned in ''Rapper's Delight''.

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* {{Sampling}}: ''Apache'' "Apache" is a cover of Music/TheIncredibleBongoBand's ''Apache''. ''Rappers Delight'' "Apache". "Rapper's Delight" is based on a hook from ''Good Times'' "Good Times" by Music/{{Chic}}. ''8th Wonder'' "8th Wonder" samples ''Ever Ready'' "Ever Ready" by Johnnie Taylor and ''Daisy Lady'' "Daisy Lady" by 7th Wonder.
* PatrioticFervor: ''"And "''And guess what, America: we love thee!"'' thee!''" - ''Rapper's Delight''.
"Rapper's Delight".
* ProductPlacement: A Cadillac, The Nits Nits, and Holiday Inn are mentioned in ''Rapper's Delight''. "Rapper's Delight".



** ''"I got more clothes than UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli"'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.
** ''Like Literature/{{Dracula}} without his fangs'' - ''Rapper's Delight''.
** ''Apache'' references ''Series/TheLoneRanger'' ("Tonto, jump on it!", "Hi-ho, Silver, is what I say"), as well as the ''Monster Mash'' and ''The Jerk'' dances.
** "Slow And Low" from ''Music/LicensedToIll'' and "Shake Your Rump" by Music/BeastieBoys from ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' both sample "8th Wonder" by the Sugarhill Gang. "Shadrach", also from "Paul's Boutique", samples "Sugarhill Groove".
** ''The Ketchup Song'' (2002) by Las Ketchup was a novelty song about people who enjoy ''Rappers' Delight'', [[{{Mondegreen}} but could never make out what the lyrics were?]] So they just sang gibberish.
* SingerNamedrop: The entire ''Rapper's Delight'' song. Almost every verse ends with the rapper calling upon the next one by name to do his verse.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS

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** ''"I "''I got more clothes than UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli"'' UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli''" - ''Rapper's Delight''.
"Rapper's Delight".
** ''Like "''Like Literature/{{Dracula}} without his fangs'' fangs''" - ''Rapper's Delight''."Rapper's Delight".
** "Apache" references ''Series/TheLoneRanger'' ("Tonto, jump on it!", "Hi-ho, Silver, is what I say"), as well as the "Monster Mash" and "The Jerk" dances.

** ''Apache'' references ''Series/TheLoneRanger'' ("Tonto, jump on it!", "Hi-ho, Silver, is what I say"), as well as the ''Monster Mash'' and ''The Jerk'' dances.
**
Music/BeastieBoys songs "Slow And and Low" from ''Music/LicensedToIll'' (from ''Music/LicensedToIll'') and "Shake Your Rump" by Music/BeastieBoys from ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' (from ''Music/PaulsBoutique'') both sample "8th Wonder" by the Sugarhill Gang. "Shadrach", also from "Paul's Boutique", ''Paul's Boutique'', samples "Sugarhill Groove".
** ''The Ketchup Song'' (2002) by Las Ketchup was a novelty song about people who enjoy ''Rappers' Delight'', "Rappers' Delight", [[{{Mondegreen}} but could never make out what the lyrics were?]] So they just sang gibberish.
gibberish.
* SingerNamedrop: The entire ''Rapper's Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" song. Almost every verse ends with the rapper calling upon the next one by name to do his verse.
* SpellMyNameWithAnSSpellMyNameWithAnS:

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* UnbuiltTrope: Since there had never been a hit rap single before, when it came time to release an album featuring "Rapper's Delight", their label didn't think there was a market for a full album of rapping, so besides an extended version of the hit, it also featured straightforward songs and an instrumental.

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* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Master Gee, as he himself says in ''Rapper's Delight''.


* TwoHitWonder: ''Rappers' Delight'' and ''Apache''.


* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Their band name is frequently misspelled as ''Sugar Hill'' instead of ''Sugarhill''. Also, a lot of idiots spell ''Rapper's Delight'' with one ''p'' missing, causing very unfortunate implications. {{Squick}}!

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: SpellMyNameWithAnS
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Their band name is frequently misspelled as ''Sugar Hill'' instead of ''Sugarhill''. Also, a lot of idiots spell ''Rapper's Delight'' ''Sugarhill''.
** And ''please'' remember that "Rapper's Delight" is spelled with two Ps. Spell it
with one ''p'' missing, causing very unfortunate implications. {{Squick}}!and it becomes horrifying.


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* UrExample: Pretty much everything we know and love about hip-hop today came from this act.


The greatest honor in the band's life was the inclusion of ''Rappers Delight'' in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry in 2011 for ''cultural, historical and aesthetical significance''.

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The greatest honor in the band's life was the inclusion of ''Rappers Delight'' "Rapper's Delight" in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry in 2011 for ''cultural, historical and aesthetical significance''.

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