Sylvia Robinson, mother of hip-hop, passes at 75
September 29, 2011
Sylvia Robinson, recording artist turned record producer who headed Sugar Hill Records, died early this morning. She was 75.
Robinson is not a name that’s quite as well known as Kool Herc or Grandmaster Flash, but it’s still safe to say without here, hip-hop would not be where it is. She was the driving force behind two records that launched hip-hop as a successful commercial force, “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Along the way, as the producer for “Rapper’s Delight”, she introduced popular music to sampling, which as a technique for creating music has touched upon virtually every modern music genre. Before heading off to the console boards, she was a recording artist in her own right, releasing Pillow Talk in 1973.