Sugarhill Gang (album)
Sugarhill Gang is the self-titled debut album by influential rap group The Sugarhill Gang. The album was produced by Sylvia Robinson; the single "Rapper's Delight" was a #36 hit on the US pop chart and a #4 hit on the R&B chart. Although "Rapper's Delight" was the only charting single, the album included the minor hit, "Rapper's Reprise"; the remainder of the LP consists several down-tempo soul tracks and a disco instrumental, as Sylvia Robinson didn't believe an album consisting of hip hop music would be commercially viable in 1980. "Here I Am" – 5:09 "Rapper's Reprise" featuring The Sequence – 7:40 "Bad News Don't Bother Me" – 6:45 "Sugarhill Groove" – 9:52 "Passion Play" – 5:10 "Rapper's Delight" – 14:37 Rappers – Big Bank Hank, Master Gee, Wonder Mike Backing Vocals, Rhythm Arrangements – Positive Force Bass – Bernard Rowland, Douglas Wimbish Chip Shearin Drums – Bryan Horton, Keith LeBlanc Guitar – Albert Pittman, Skip McDonald Brian Morgan Keyboards – Nate Edmonds, Skitch Smith Percussion – Craig Derry, Harry Reyes, John Stump Vibraphone, Backing Vocals – Sylvia Robinson Special Guest Appearance – Tito Puente Special Effects – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds Producer, Mixed By – Billy Jones, Nate Edmonds, Sylvia Robinson The Sugarhill Gang-Sugarhill Gang at Discogs
Wonder Mike is an American old school rapper and former member of the Sugarhill Gang. The group was part of the African American hip hop movement in the 1980s. Wonder Mike is best known for being a member of The Sugarhill Gang, the first hip hop act to produce a record, "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, he is known for his large stature. Wright is a born-again Christian who enjoys painting, reading the Bible and writing poetry, he has suffered from asthma at times. On January 29, 2014, Wright's daughter Carmen Delgina auditioned for the American televised singing competition American Idol
AXS TV is an American cable and satellite television network. It is managed by the film company 2929 Entertainment —which they founded as HDNet in 2001 before it was rebranded as AXS TV in 2012—with a consortium of partners consisting of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Ryan Seacrest, Creative Artists Agency, CBS Corporation; the network's programming specializes in live music events, as well as comedy and mixed martial arts, among others. The AXS TV company includes the channel HDNet Movies; the network launched as HDNet on September 6, 2001, designed as a high definition-exclusive service under the ownership of HDNet, LLC, co-owned by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Philip Garvin, owner of Colorado Studios and Mobile TV Group. The network aired a variety of programming, much of it male-oriented, prominently featuring series, sports events, concert performances. In December 2001 and January 2002, HDNet aired exclusive HD coverage of the U. S. invasion of Afghanistan with former CNN correspondent Peter Arnett.
In February 2002, the network originated eight daily hours of high definition content from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The channel expanded its carriage to the satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as the cable providers Charter Communications, Insight Communications, Suddenlink Communications, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse. On September 4, 2008, Cuban announced that the network had reached an agreement with Comcast to carry both HDNet and HDNet Movies in various markets; the provider began to carry HDNet in many major markets on September 30, 2010. In November 2009, DirecTV became the first provider to offer video-on-demand services of HDNet and HDNet Movies. On January 18, 2012, HDNet, LLC entered into a joint venture with entertainment company/promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, TV/radio personality/producer Ryan Seacrest, talent agency Creative Artists Agency, in which AEG, CAA, Ryan Seacrest Media would each purchase a share of the network, with Cuban retaining primary ownership.
The network rebranded on July 2, 2012 as AXS TV, a name taken from AEG's ticket sales website AXS. With the purchase and rebranding, the channel shifted focus to include a mix of entertainment news, pop culture and in-concert performance events. Alongside the rebranding, Dish Network announced that it would expand the channel's distribution to customers who do not subscribe to an HD tier through a downconverted standard definition feed; the provider moved the network to channel 131 in the spring of 2012, increasing its carriage to at least 14 million Dish Network subscribers upon its relaunch as AXS TV. Through its relationship with AEG, AXS TV plans to offer special promotions on concerts to Dish Network users who have subscribed to the channel. On February 14, 2013, CBS Corporation acquired partial ownership in the network, when it traded programming and marketing for a minority stake in AXS TV. In addition to carriage on cable and telco providers, AXS TV has been added to streaming media providers including Sling TV in October 2016, DirecTV Now when it debuted in November 2016, Philo when it was launched in November 2017.
Original programming on HDNet included news programs such as the HDNet World Report and Dan Rather Reports, a weekly newsmagazine hosted by former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather. HDNet featured uncensored and unrated shows during late-night hours, such as Art Mann Presents, Bikini Destinations and Girls Gone Wild Presents: Search for the Hottest Girl in America. In October 2011, HDNet picked up the network's first scripted half-hour comedy. Created for the web, the show starred Hayden Black, Laura Silverman and Dominic Monaghan. HDNet's programming included off-network reruns of series such as Smallville, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, JAG, Star Trek: Enterprise and Arrested Development. HDNet aired sporting events, including coverage of the National Hockey League from 2001 to 2008 and Major League Soccer. From 2009 to 2010, HDNet aired weekly programming from professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor, served as a television partner of the United Football League airing the league's Saturday night games.
The network dropped UFL coverage prior to the 2011 season. Following its July 2012 re-launch, AXS TV continued to air several programs carried over from HDNet, including Dan Rather Reports, MMA events and off-network series. However, the channel began to shift its focus towards "music, pop culture and lifestyle-oriented" programming, such as concerts, general entertainment. AXS TV concertsAs part of its music programming lineup, AXS TV broadcasts a wide variety of concert events from across the country and around-the-world; this includes a Sunday night concert series featuring performances from artists such as Carrie Underwood, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Elton John.
The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group. Their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight" was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100; the members, all from Englewood, New Jersey, consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who founded Sugar Hill Records with her husband, record producer Joe Robinson; the group and the record company were named after the Sugar Hill, neighborhood. The Sugarhill Gang never had another U. S. hit, though it had multiple European hits, such as "Apache", "8th Wonder", "Rapper's Reprise", "Showdown". In 1999, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! A hip hop children's album. After Wonder Mike and Hendogg left Sugarhill Records in 2005, the original members of Sugarhill Gang besides Jackson have performed as the Original Sugar and as Rapper's Delight Featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee; this is due to a string of legal cases against them regarding the use'Sugarhill Gang' as their name.
On November 11, 2014, Big Bank Hank died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. In 2016, the remaining living members of the original Sugarhill Gang, including Wonder Mike and Master Gee embarked on their first world tour in over a decade under the name The Sugarhill Gang. During this, they performed as the Sugarhill Gang for the Art of Rap festival tour in 2016, at V Festival in Hylands Park and Weston Park in the UK as part of their world tour in 2016. Other places included, the Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong on November 27, 2016, they headlined at the Depot in the Park Festival in Cardiff, United Kingdom on August 5, 2017. Coming up, in July 2019 they will play the North Nibley Festival in Gloucestershire; the discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes five studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles. Sugarhill Gang Greatest Hits Rapper's Delight: The Best of Sugarhill Gang Ain't Nothin' but a Party Back to the Old School 2 - Rapper's Delights Sugarhill Gang, The* Vs. Grandmaster Flash - The Greatest Hits The Greatest Hits of Sugarhill Gang The Story of Sugarhill Records Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour: Sugarhill Gang Live Rhythm & Rhymes: The Definitive Collection Sugarhill Gang playlist on WaveCat "I Want My Name Back" documentary on the Sugar Hill Gang, Featuring Master Gee and Wonder Mike Master Gee interview
8th Wonder (The Sugarhill Gang album)
8th Wonder is the second album by rap group The Sugarhill Gang. The album was released in 1981 for Sugar Hill Records and was once again produced by Sylvia Robinson and James Cullimore. Though not as successful as the group's previous album, the album did feature the minor hits "8th Wonder" and "Apache" and featured an appearance by another Sugar Hill Records rap group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five on "Showdown" The album debuted at #66 on Billboard's Soul LPs chart on January 16, 1982
Master Gee (musician)
Guy O'Brien is an American rapper known by the stage name Master Gee. He is founder of the hip hop group The Sugarhill Gang, an inaugural class inductee into the Hip Hop Museum Hall of Fame. On the band's signature song, "Rapper's Delight", he raps, "I said M-A-S, T-E-R, a G with a double E, I said I go by the unforgettable name of the man they call the Master Gee". O'Brien grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey where at an early age he was exposed to a steady stream of doo wop and rhythm and blues, established himself as an energetic emcee in the pioneering Phase 2 hip hop crew. During the early infancy of the commercial hip hop movement in 1979, Master Gee, Big Bank Hank and Wonder Mike were discovered by producer Sylvia Robinson and brought together to form The Sugarhill Gang. O'Brien stepped away from Sugar Hill Records in 1984, established himself as a successful entrepreneur in the magazine industry. During the group's departure from the label, Joey Robinson Jr. son of Sugar Hill producer Sylvia Robinson, used the stage name Master Gee.
O'Brien and Wonder Mike went to court over the use of the group's name and stage names as documented in the film, I Want My Name Back. In 2014, name usage was amicably resolved, Master Gee has since re-emerged as a mainstay in the hip hop community and music industry, he lives in the Washington, DC area, performs worldwide with The Sugarhill Gang and as a solo DJ. He is a sought after public speaker and storyteller who launched a weekly radio show "Look, Learn" on WLVS Radio on February 21, 2019
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have focused on CD and MP3 formats; the audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s. An album may be recorded in a recording studio, in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places; the time frame for recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, brought or "mixed" together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live" when done in a studio. Studios are built to absorb sound, eliminating reverberation, so as to assist in mixing different takes. Recordings, including live, may contain sound effects, voice adjustments, etc..
With modern recording technology, musicians can be recorded in separate rooms or at separate times while listening to the other parts using headphones. Album covers and liner notes are used, sometimes additional information is provided, such as analysis of the recording, lyrics or librettos; the term "album" was applied to a collection of various items housed in a book format. In musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century. Collections of related 78rpm records were bundled in book-like albums; when long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album. An album, in ancient Rome, was a board chalked or painted white, on which decrees and other public notices were inscribed in black, it was from this that in medieval and modern times album came to denote a book of blank pages in which verses, sketches and the like are collected. Which in turn led to the modern meaning of an album as a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item.
In the early nineteenth century "album" was used in the titles of some classical music sets, such as Schumann's Album for the Young Opus 68, a set of 43 short pieces. When 78rpm records came out, the popular 10-inch disc could only hold about three minutes of sound per side, so all popular recordings were limited to around three minutes in length. Classical-music and spoken-word items were released on the longer 12-inch 78s, about 4–5 minutes per side. For example, in 1924, George Gershwin recorded a drastically shortened version of the seventeen-minute Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, it ran for 8m 59s. Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in 1908. German record company Odeon released the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky in 1909 on 4 double-sided discs in a specially designed package; this practice of issuing albums does not seem to have been taken up by other record companies for many years. By about 1910, bound collections of empty sleeves with a paperboard or leather cover, similar to a photograph album, were sold as record albums that customers could use to store their records.
These albums came in both 12-inch sizes. The covers of these bound books were wider and taller than the records inside, allowing the record album to be placed on a shelf upright, like a book, suspending the fragile records above the shelf and protecting them. In the 1930s, record companies began issuing collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums with artwork on the front cover and liner notes on the back or inside cover. Most albums included three or four records, with two sides each, making six or eight compositions per album; the 12-inch LP record, or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a gramophone record format introduced by Columbia Records in 1948. A single LP record had the same or similar number of tunes as a typical album of 78s, it was adopted by the record industry as a standard format for the "album". Apart from minor refinements and the important addition of stereophonic sound capability, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.
The term "album" was extended to other recording media such as Compact audio cassette, compact disc, MiniDisc, digital albums, as they were introduced. As part of a trend of shifting sales in the music industry, some observers feel that the early 21st century experienced the death of the album. While an album may contain as many or as few tracks as required, in the United States, The Recording Academy's rules for Grammy Awards state that an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. In the United Kingdom, the criteria for the UK Albums Chart is that a recording counts as an "album" i