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The Sugarhill Gang’s self-titled album “The Sugarhill Gang” was the first hip-hop album

In 1980, Hip-Hop took its first baby steps into the album format, The Sugarhill Gang’s self-titled album “” was the first full-length hip-hop/ album ever.

The album “The Sugarhill Gang” was released on February 7, 1980. Sylvia Robinson, founder of Records, didn’t think people were ready to buy an entire long-player featuring nothing but rap 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 ballads and instrumental disco records.

The Sugarhill Gang - The Sugarhill Gang (album)

“The Sugarhill Gang” tracklist

  1. “Here I Am”
  2. “Rapper’s Reprise (Jam, Jam)”
  3. “Bad News Don’t Bother Me”
  4. “Sugarhill Groove”
  5. “Passion Play”
  6. “Rapper’s Delight” [4:55 – shortened single version]

Read: The first hip-hop music video was The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight”

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.

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