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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, later becoming an international hit and helping introduce HipHop to a wide audience. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (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".

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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, later becoming an international hit and helping introduce HipHop to a wide audience. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (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]] away on November 11, 2014) and Guy O'Brien, "Master Gee".


The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, on its way to becoming an international hit and helping introduce HipHop to a wide audience. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (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".

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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, on its way to later becoming an international hit and helping introduce HipHop to a wide audience. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (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".


The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's 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) 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".

Compared to their successors the Sugarhill Gang have always been family friendly. They refrain from using vulgar language or F-bombs and their songs are plain, innocent fun. It comes to no surprise that they even recorded a music album for children in 1999.

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The Sugarhill Gang is an American rap group, considered an important pioneer in the genre. They are best-known for the 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", the first rap number to crack the ''Billboard'' Top 40, on its way to becoming an international hit.hit and helping introduce HipHop to a wide audience. "8th Wonder" (1980), and "Apache" (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".

Compared to their successors successors, the Sugarhill Gang have always been family friendly. They refrain from using vulgar language or F-bombs and their songs are plain, innocent fun. It comes to no surprise that they even recorded a music album for children in 1999.



* FatherlyAdvice: A la Big Bank Hank in Rapper's Delight: ''"whatever you do in your lifetime, you never let an MC steal your rhyme"''


** Music/BeastieBoys songs "Slow and Low" (from ''Music/LicensedToIll'') and "Shake Your Rump" (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.


* 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''.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Although they GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are a family-friendly group, "Rapper's Delight" does contain a few innuendos reading this in its lyrics, some of which were blatant enough for Creator/PlaygroundGames to {{Bowdlerize}} the song for its inclusion in ''VideoGame/{{Forza}} Horizon 4''.future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.

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* ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe: UrExample, with Hank's lines in "Rapper's Delight" about ComicBook/LoisLane and Franchise/{{Superman}}.


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

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


* ProductPlacement: A Lincoln Continental, 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, New York Knicks, and Holiday Inn are mentioned in "Rapper's Delight".


* 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]], so besides an extended version of the hit, it also featured straightforward songs and an instrumental.

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* UnbuiltTrope: UnbuiltTrope:
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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]], so besides an extended version of the hit, it also featured straightforward songs and an instrumental.instrumental.
** "Rapper's Delight" today almost sounds like a parody of modern rap, with their more laid-back style in huge contrast to the stereotypically-edgy style that would come to characterize rap. Big Bank Hank's verses in particular seem like they're proactively satirizing rappers who brag about their lavish lifestyle (he raps about all his clothes and cars, but then admits he's really just a schoolkid who pretends he has a swimming pool and has to watch Knicks games on TV) and rappers who specialize in boasts and pop culture references (he hits on Lois Lane and accuses Franchise/{{Superman}} of having a TeenyWeenie).


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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