Today in 1979, The Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was released. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world.
‘Rapper’s Delight’ is the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit “Good Times” by Chic as its foundation.
The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien.
Recently, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon put together a hilarious video of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams rapping the words to the song.