The Sugarhill Gang have lengthy been thought to be legends within the Hip Hop recreation, however now, they’ve acquired some extra of their flowers whereas they will nonetheless scent them.
The Evening Standard has reported that their induction into the Music Stroll of Fame — which occurred within the London borough of Camden, England on Wednesday (September 6) — concerned getting a stone with their identify inscribed on it positioned on a path. The Hip Hop pioneers had been celebrated for his or her contributions to music, as a style, total.
Different nominees this 12 months included Janis Joplin and UB40.
“I did this in just a little city known as Englewood, New Jersey, within the US and now I’m in Camden City in London, and the entire metropolis is right here honoring what we’ve finished, so this can be a little bit a lot for me, however I admire it,” stated founding member Grasp Gee to the outlet. “I really feel like I don’t imagine that it’s occurring, it’s nonetheless probably not regular to suppose that once I reduce this file at 17 that my life can be this manner.”
He later paid tribute to Sylvia Robinson, who is usually dubbed “The Mom of Hip Hop” and was the driving pressure behind such songs as “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5. She initially bought her begin as one-half of the doo wop duo Mickey & Sylvia, who had a smash hit with “Love is Unusual,” which was featured on the Soiled Dancing soundtrack.
“This can be a mind-blowing expertise for us, there was no method when Ms (Sylvia) Robinson got here to us and informed us about what she needed to do this this was going to be the results of it,” he stated. “I actually thought, as a result of I used to be 17 (in) junior 12 months going to senior 12 months, we’d reduce the file, it’d be huge within the New York Metropolitan space, I might go to twelfth grade and attempt to determine what I used to be going to do with my life. I used to be sadly mistaken and completely improper as a result of we’re in one other a part of the world doing one thing I used to do in individuals’s basements.”
Talking of Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5, founding members Scorpio, and Melle Mel are nonetheless hoping for a Verzuz battle between themselves and the Sugar Hill Gang.
Again in 2021, Scorpio revealed a heartfelt letter to Verzuz co-founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, imploring them to arrange a battle between the 2 pioneers.
After thanking Swizz and Timbo for creating the platform, Scorpio wrote, “As one of many pioneers of Hip Hop, I want to submit a proposal in your consideration on behalf of The Livid 5 that includes Melle Mel & Scorpio and The Sugarhill Gang. Continued success. Wanting ahead to discussing a chance to be part of the platform.”