What a delightful surprise!
Original Sugarhill Gang members and hip hop legends Wonder Mike and Master Gee are back — still singing about girls, cars and the party that never ends more than 30 years after their 1979 hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” brought rap to mainstream America.
The barnstorming legends, who go by the name Rapper’s Delight — after a legal dispute with the pioneering group’s third member, Big Bank Hank — will rap down memory lane at the Knitting Factory on Sept. 29, where the booker said that the show won’t sound any different than it did three decades ago.
“They’re a classic,” said Valerie Gurka. “And they still look good.”
The Sugarhill Gang burst on the scene with “Rapper’s Delight,” a 15-minute, fun-loving ballad that borrowed from disco and is widely considered hip hop’s first true single. The song — recorded in one take, according to legend — introduced rap to white listeners, paving the way for such future greats — and Brooklyn natives — as Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mos Def, now moonlighting with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
The addictive, foot-stomping anthem will get airtime at the Knitting Factory alongside other Sugarhill Gang classics like “Apache,” “Jump on It,” and newer hits like “The Lala Song,” about an old-school party that never stops.
Just like its authors.
“Rapper’s Delight” at the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, (347) 529-6696], Sept. 29. Tickets, $15–$18. For info, visit www.bkknit
©2011 Community News Group
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