They Reminisce Over You – Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson
‘The Mother Of Hiphop’
[March 6, 1936 – September 29, 2011]

Why is she the ‘Mother Of Hiphop’?

After her long career as a singer, she and her husband founded Sugar Hill Records (1979), the home of the legends, Sugar Hill Gang. She helped put out two landmark singles: Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, and signed Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, who put out The Message in 1982. The iconic song (which was made purposely for the listener to focus more on the lyrics than the slow beat), went on to become the first hiphop record to be added to the United States National Recording Registry.

Look at that, females have been contributing to hiphop since its inception. Rest In Power.

side note: Personally, I’ve always wanted to know who was Jay-Z addressing when he put out Izzo (H.O.V.A.) . Thank goodness the answer was revealed through XXL:

Robinson, a pioneering female producer, wasn’t without her faults, however, when contributing to hip-hop. “Rapper’s Delight” included rhymes originally penned by the Cold Crush Brothers, particularly from Grandmaster Caz’s notebook. The song’s release went onto to become a milestone moment in hip-hop history, launching the culture out of Bronx clubs and into public consciousness. Caz, though, was never properly compensated and became a symbol of industry greed. Jay-Z shouted out Caz and company on “Izzo (H.O.V.A.): “Industry shady; it need to be taken over/ Label owners hate me; I’m raising the status quo up/ I’m overchargin’ niggas for what they did to the Cold Crush/ Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hoe’d us.”

Im pretty sure that when that song came out, that ‘Cold Crush’ line went over a lot people’s heads. Yet, many folks who knew the song word-for-word never got curious about what happened to the Cold Crush! Craaaaazy!


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