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James Donaldson Comments On Old School Rap vs. Today’s Version Of It With The Sugar Hill Gang and Rapper’s Delight

Sugarhill Gang LP Inside CoverSugarhill Gang LP CoverSugarhill Gang LP Cover (2)Here’s some real “old-school” for everyone out there.  Featuring the Sugar Hill Gang and Rappers Delight.  The Sugar Hill Gang were a trio of Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and the one the call the Master Gee.  Tavis Smiley just did a terrific show about them this past week that was really interesting.

I recently went through my collection of “old school” rap records from the Sugar Hill gang label and it was a fantastic trip down memory lane as I’m still on my personal journey of converting from vinyl to digital.

Of course, rap music has been around for decades before the Sugar Hill Gang came on the scene, but this is probably the group that commercialized it to a point that everyone got off their behinds and started dancing to rhythm of the bang bang boogie beat of the rap music genre.  Also, everything seemed so innocent and tame by today’s standards of rap music (which I still really enjoy with my collections of Blowfly, Kurtis Blow, Millie Jackson, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Biggie Smalls and Tupac albums).  The most un-politically correct lyric in Rappers Delight was when they sang “if your girl starts acting up, then you take her friend”. (Smile!) None of the degrading lyrics of today’s rap music.  This generation can learn a few things from what we’ve all come through!

There were a lot of other great groups with the Sugar Hill label with their hits such as The Sequence (Fi-Ya Up That Funk, Simon Says, And You Know That) , Funky 4+1 (That’s The Joint), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (The Message,  It’s Nasty – The Genius of Love, Showdown) and Spoonie Gee (Monster Jam).

Okay “old school” friends out there… this one’s for you!


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