‘Rappers Delight’ Littel Known Facts About The Hit Single By The Sugar Hill Gang

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‘Rappers Delight’ Littel Known Facts About The Hit Single By The Sugar Hill Gang

Now, what you hear is not a test I'm rappin' to the beat,

And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet

See, I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello,

To the black, to the white, the red and the brown,

The purple and yellow. But first, I gotta

Bang bang, the boogie to the boogie,

Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie,

Let's rock, you don't stop,

The Sugar Hill Gang consisted of three men who all hailed from Englewood, New Jersey. They are Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The trio released their biggest hit, Rappers Delight on September 16, 1979. This is still a favorite for many today, of varying generations. Perhaps you enjoyed the hit single but may not know what was going on behind the scenes. The following are a few facts that fans might like to be aware of. Rappers Delight was an instant hit and considered as the song that introduced rap/hip hop to a larger audience, according to Wikipedia.

Rock the rhythm that'll make your body rock

Well so far you've heard my voice but I brought two friends along,

And the next on the mic is my man Hank,

C'mon, Hank, sing that song!

Check it out, I'm the C-A-S-A, the N-O-V-A,

And the rest is F-L-Y,

You see I go by the code of the doctor of the mix,

And these reasons I'll tell you why.

You see, I'm six foot one, and I'm tons of fun

When I dress to a T,

You see, I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali

And I dress so viciously.

Rappers Delight reached the top 40 countdown in the United States and went to number 3 in the UK and number-one in Canada. It was a prototype for a variety of rap music types because it incorporated themes such as dancing, sex, boasting, and honesty, along with the enthusiasm and charisma of James Brown. If the beat sounds familiar, it's because it was taken from Chic’s hit Good Times,(1979) Rock Group Queen also utilized it in their 1980 mega hit Another One Bites the Dust. The Sugar Hill Gang and Queen capitalized on the tune while it was still a big hit. Artists today go back several decades to sample the music of others.

I got bodyguards, I got two big cars

That definitely ain't the wack,

I got a Lincoln Continental and a sunroof Cadillac.

So after school I take a dip in the pool,

Which is really on the wall,

I got a color TV, so I can see

The Knicks play basketball. Hear me talk about

Checkbooks, credit cards, mo' money

Than a sucker could ever spend,

But I wouldn't give a sucker or a bum from the Rucker

Not a dime 'til I made it again.

During an interview for the TVOne series, Unsung, Chic frontman Nile Rodgers laughed as he spoke about Queen sampling his music. He said that Queen band member Brian May was in his studio when he laid the track down. Rodgers did not have this attitude regarding The Sugar Hill gang, as he and group member Bernard Edward filed a lawsuit against Sugar Hill Records. A settlement was reached where the duo did not ask for money, but got their names on the recording, being credited as writers. Sugar Hill Records was founded by Joe Robinson and his wife Sylvia who had a hit single in 1973 with Pillow Talk.

Everybody go

Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Whatcha gonna do today? (Say what?)

The Sugar Hill Gang's rapping was all about fun and dancing to good music.

'Cause I'm a get a fly girl,

Gonna get some spank n' drive off in a def OJ. Everybody go

Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Holiday Inn,

Say if your girl starts actin' up, then you take her friend.

Master Gee! My mellow!

It's on you, so whatcha gonna do?

Well, it's on'n'n'on'n'on on'n'on,

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

I said M-A-S, T-E-R, a G with a double E,

I said I go by the unforgettable name

Of the man they call the Master Gee.

Rappers Delight was a 12 inch single and is considered to be one of the most important records in Hip-hop because it helped pave the way for other hip-hop artists. The Sugar Hill Gang, AKA Master Gee, Big Bank Hank, and Wonder Mike met Sylvia Robinson, on a Friday and recorded “Rapper’s Delight” in one take, at the Sugar Hill Studio on the following Monday.

Well, my name is known all over the world

By all the foxy ladies and the pretty girls.

I'm goin' down in history

As the baddest rapper there ever could be.

Now I'm feelin' the highs and you're feelin' the lows,

The beat starts gettin' into your toes

You start poppin' your fingers and stompin' your feet

And movin' your body while while you're sitting in your seat

And then damn! Ya start doin' the freak, I said

Damn! Right outta your seat

In 2001, Rappers Delight was used in a television commercial for Dasani water. It remains a party song to this very day and probably always will.

Then you throw your hands high in the air,

Ya rockin' to the rhythm, shake your derriere

Ya rockin' to the beat without a care,

With the sureshot MCs for the affair.

Now, I'm not as tall as the rest of the gang

But I rap to the beat just the same.

I got a little face, and a pair of brown eyes

All I'm here to do, ladies, is hypnotize

Singin' on'n'n'on'n'on on'n'on,

The beat don't stop until the break of dawn

Singin' on'n'n'on'n'on on'n'on,

Like a hot buttered pop da pop da pop dibbie dibbie

Pop da pop pop, don't you dare stop

Come alive y'all, gimme whatcha got

I guess by now you can take a hunch

And find that I am the baby of the bunch

But that's okay, I still keep in stride,

'Cause all I'm here to do is just wiggle your behind

Singin' on'n'n'on'n'on on'n'on,

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

Singin' on'n'n'on'n'on on'n'on,

Rock rock, y'all, throw it on the floor

The lyrics to Rappers Delight must seem tame to those who are used to the hardcore, profanity-laced, sexually explicit rapping of today's artists. I was not aware of the following lyrics after decades of singing this tune. I suppose they were not allowed on the airwaves back in the day but they are listed so don't be offended.

I'm gonna freak you here, I'm gona freak you there,

I'm gonna move you outta this atmosphere.

'Cause I'm one of a kind and I'll shock your mind

I put the dick, dick, dick in your behind. I said

One, two, three, four, come on, girls, get on the floor

A-come alive, y'all, a-gimme whatcha got

'Cause I'm guaranteed to make you rock

I said one, two, three, four, tell me, Wonder Mike

What are you waiting for?

I said a hip hop,

The hippie to the hippie

The hip hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it

To the bang bang boogie, say up jump the boogie,

To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.

A Skiddleebebop, we rock, scooby doo,

And guess what, America, we love you

'Cause you rocked and a rolled with so much soul,

You could rock 'til a hundred and one years old.

I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast,

But we like hot butter on our breakfast toast

Rock it up, Baby Bubba!

Baby Bubba to the boogie da bang bang da boogie

To the beat, beat, it's so unique

Come on everybody and dance to the beat!

Ever went over a friends house to eat

And the food just ain't no good?

I mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed,

And the chicken tastes like wood

So you try to play it off like you think you can

By saying that you're full

And then your friend says, "Mama, he's just being polite

He ain't finished, uh-uh, that's bull!"

So your heart starts pumpin' and you think of a lie

And you say that you already ate

And your friend says "Man, there's plenty of food"

So you pile some more on your plate

While the stinky food's steamin', your mind starts to dreamin'

Of the moment that it's time to leave

And then you look at your plate and your chicken's slowly rottin'

Into something that looks like cheese

Oh so you say "That's it, I gotta leave this place

I don't care what these people think,

I'm just sittin' here makin' myself nauseous

With this ugly food that stinks"

So you bust out the door while it's still closed

Still sick from the food you ate

And then you run to the store for quick relief

From a bottle of Kaopectate

And then you call your friend two weeks later

To see how he has been

And he says, "I understand about the food,

Baby Bubba, but we're still friends"

With a hip hop the hippie to the hippie

The hip hip a hop, a you don't stop the rockin'

To the bang bang boogie

Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.

70s music
Cheryl E Preston
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