Hip-Hop Happens: The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'
Steven Daly, Vanity Fair, November 2005
Released in 1979, the single 'Rapper's Delight' launched hip-hop as a multi-billion-dollar phenomenon. The opportunistic 15-minute track also revived the career of its producer, a canny R&B veteran – but it left the true pioneers of rap fuming.
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