Sylvia Robinson, singer, musician,music producer, and record label executive died at the age of 75, at Meadowlands hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey this morning. She suffered from congestive heart failure. The New York City native is best known for being the founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records as well as for producing Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.
Long before Robinson helped Hip Hop emerge in 1979 she had a successful rhythm and blues career . In 1957 she recorded the hit “Love is Strange”. Over ten years later she recorded and released the popular seductive single “Pillow Talk”.
Robinson is known to many as “The Mother of Hip Hop” because she was one of the first to record the art form we all know today as “rapping”, she commercialized the market for rap records, and she was also one of the first do what we know today as “sampling”. She sampled the classic hit “Good Times” by Chic in the first Hip Hop single to become a Top 40 hit, “Rappers Delight”.