Black History Month: Sylvia Robinson


Sylvia Robinson (Circa 1972)

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Slyvia Robinson (1936-2011)

Aside from being a stunning beautiful woman Sylvia Robinson was an accomplished singer and Music Executive. Sylvia Was one of the pioneers of the then budding Hip Hop scene in the late 1970’s. The Label she founded was called Sugar Hill Records. Along with her Husband Joe Robinson they spearheaded the eventual commercial success of the musical artform. Sylvia was an extremely talented writer as well as she noted for being the co-writer of one of the most infamous Hip-Hop Records ever produced. That song was “The Message” by Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five.

Sugarhill Gang

Sylvia & her record label was most known for the song that basically changed the fortunes of Hip-Hop. The song “Rapper’s Delight” by the SugarHill Gang became a huge hit for Sylvia, the Label and most notably Hip-Hop. She decided to use a song instrumental by the disco group Chic “Good Times”.This was a major leap for her since this was the first Hip-Hop song to use the production method now known as sampling. The song became such a huge hit that Chic sued Sugarhill Records and reaped the rewards for their original copywright of the music.

Many people credit Sylvia Robinson as the mother of Hip-Hop. She help spearhead the culture and we are forever grateful to her dedicated service to Hip-Hop.Robinson died on the morning of September 29, 2011, aged 75, at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey from congestive heart failure. #tellmehowilooknow.

Sylvia Robinson

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