Hip-Hop's Influence On The Music Industry

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As hip-hop evolved in the early 1970’s, the music industry and culture ravished as it spread through communities across the world. Hip-hop, based off of the earlier tunes of jazz, blues, and disco created an inspiration for growing artists everywhere. Although many question whether one particular song had the most influence on the world of hip-hop, the answer is quite simple. “Rapper’s Delight”, by the Sugar Hill Gang influenced the music business and hip-hop culture, making it the most important song in the early days of hip-hop. The Sugar Hill Gang originated in Englewood, New Jersey, and consisted of three friends: Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. Their first song to hit the Top 40’s, “Rapper’s Delight”, scored number four on the Billboard R&B chart in 1979. The song was based of “Good Times”, an earlier tune by Chic. No one knew this song would soon change hip-hop culture the way it did. “Rapper’s Delight” became the most important song in the early days of hip-hop by inspiring…show more content…
Before the Sugar Hill Gang created this genius single, MC’s were more about performing at clubs, and block parties. They had no particular interest in recording their work for studio releases. When the Sugar Hill gang released their single, people realized that hip-hip was not just a fad at the nightclubs and parties; hip-hop was a new mainstream obsession that would soon become a million dollar industry. Even the Sugarhill Label itself, where “Rapper’s Delight” was recorded, exploded in popularity and new business. “Rapper’s Delight” inspired other MCs to record their raps professionally. The hip-hop music industry became wealthy and successful all because of this record. Because of its inspiration in the music industry, “Rapper’s Delight” is the most important song in the early days of

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