The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” from their self-titled album, was the first hip-hop song to receive a music video.
“Rappers Delight” was released via Sugar Hill Records on September 16, 1979. Shortly after came the music video, hip-hop’s first music video, which was recorded on “The Soap Factory” Disco show in Palisades Park, New Jersey. During their 1979 appearance on “The Soap Factory”, The Sugarhill gang turned the high-quality production of the disco show into rap’s first music video.
“Rappers Delight” was written by Grandmaster Caz and performed by Grandmaster Caz, Wonder Mike, Master Gee and Big Bank Hank.
Watch the first hip-hop music video below.
Watch the the extended 15 minute version of “Rappers Delight” the first hip-hop music video below.