This being Black History Month, I wanted to find something historically significant for today’s 12-inch flashback.
The choice was obvious.
“Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang was the first hip-hop record ever. (Yeah, I know “King Tim III” had rapping in it... but it wasn’t a hip-hop record.)
Can you believe it has been 30 years?
No human being in 1979 could’ve imagined that rap music, three decades on, would be a multi-billion-dollar industry and a cornerstone of global youth culture.
By the way, did you know that “Rapper’s Delight” also inspired the first hip-hop parody record?
Yep. Chevy Chase released “Rapper’s Plight” on a 1980 comedy album. Click here to listen. It’s fucking horrible.