Formed in New York City in the late 70s, the Sugarhill Gang is one of the pioneering acts of hip-hop.
Their 1979 single, "Rapper's Delight," was arguably the first rap song to be played on the radio and the first hip-hop single to become a Top 40 chart hit, reaching No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Their self-titled debut album, originally released in 1980, reached No. 32 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and is one of the first full-length releases in hip-hop history.
The Sugarhill Gang never topped a Billboard chart or enjoyed the same acclaim that "Rapper's Delight" brought, but they did have a few other respectable hits like "Apache," "Eighth Wonder," "Rapper's Reprise" and "Showdown."