Sylvia Robinson Dead
Sylvia Robinson, the woman often credited with being the “mother of Hip-Hop” died today at age 75.
According to Sister 2 Sister, Sylvia had been ill for approximately five months before passing this morning at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Robinson is credited with using Chic’s track “Good Times” to create “Rapper’s Delight”, one of the first rap songs to go mainstream.
Robinson had three sons Joseph Robinson Jr., Leland Robinson and Rhondo Robinson and was the wife of the late Joseph Robinson Sr.
Robinson also founded the legendary Sugarhill Records which gave some of Hip-Hop’s pionering acts their first recording home.
Some of the illustrious talent included Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Sequence (where R&B vocalist Angie Stone earned her stripes), Funky Four Plus One, Crash Crewm The Sugarhill Gang, the Treacherous 3 (which included Kool Moe Dee).
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message” is the blueprint to modern day Hip-Hop.
R.I.P. Mrs. Robinson and thanks for helping spark a movement.
“The Messasge” – Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five