Saturday, 12 November 2016

Seven More Days That Rocked The World - The Release Of Rapper's Delight

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th October 2016

As 6 Music celebrates 1979, another chance to hear Stuart Maconie recalling the release of Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang that year. It became a multi-platinum seller and massive radio hit in, and is regarded to have kick-started the phenomenon of recorded hip-hop.

Despite having received considerable chart success, selling over 8 million copies worldwide and inspiring hits by the likes of Blondie and Queen, the music industry as a whole reacted contemptuously; insisting that rap was a short-lived trend, simply a whim or fad.

Stuart looks the ways the track inspired a generation; how three local New York rappers plucked from the relative obscurity of underground block parties contributed towards rap becoming the biggest selling and most popular genres in music today.

The Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight [Sugarhill Records Inc]
U-Roy - Wear You To The Ball [Metro]
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks [Mercury]
Cut Killer - Intro [Eastory Production]
The Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight [Sugarhill Records Inc]
Fatback Band - King Tim III [BGP/Ace]
Grandmaster Flash And Grandmaster Mele Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It) [New Day]
Public Enemy - Fight The Power Recording [White Label]
50 Cent - In Da Club [Shady, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope]
Mark B & Blade - Back In The Day [Wordplay]

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