The album “The Sugarhill Gang” was released on February 7, 1980. Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugar Hill Records, didn't think people were ready to buy an entire long-player featuring nothing but rap music at the time. So along with a bunch of songs in the style of “Rapper's Delight” they included a full side's worth of R&B ballads and instrumental disco records.
“The Sugarhill Gang” tracklist
- “Here I Am”
- “Rapper's Reprise (Jam, Jam)”
- “Bad News Don't Bother Me”
- “Sugarhill Groove”
- “Passion Play”
- “Rapper's Delight” [4:55 – shortened single version]
Kurtis Blow also released his self-titled album that September of 1980, his album was the first hip-hop/rap album to be released by a major label.