Biopic of Hip-Hop Mother Sylvia Robinson In The Works
Hollywood and Broadway producer, Paula Wagner, has just acquired film rights to the life story of the late Sylvia Robinson, the “Mother of Hip-Hop.”
The singer-songwriter and record producer’s life will be portrayed in a film featuring rap music owned by Robinson’s family and managed by Universal Music Publishing Group.
Her son, Joey Robinson, will executive-produce the project, while music vet Robert Kraft serves as co-producer. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 head honcho, Grandmaster Melle Mel, will lend his hand as a consultant.
Robinson earned the nickname as producer of the landmark 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight” and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records with her husband Joe Robinson. She had earlier success as part of Mickey & Sylvia, who scored with the 1958 hit “Love Is Strange.”
“Sylvia Robinson’s life story has all the elements of a great film,” Wagner said in a statement released today announcing the project. “It is not only the story of female empowerment at a time when the world of music was male dominated, but it’s also a story of the origin of hip-hop and how this woman’s determination, immense talent and savvy business sense fostered an entire musical movement. ”
No word on movie debut. Stay tuned.