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“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang was recorded in one take


The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper's Delight” 12-inch was released on September 16, 1979. Rappers Delight is considered to be one of the most important records in as the record helped pave the way for other hip-hop artists.

Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, known collectively as , met Sylvia Robinson, owner of the New Jersey label Sugarhill Records, on a Friday and recorded “Rapper's Delight” in the studio the following Monday in one take.

In 2001, the song was used in commercials for Dasani water.

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Rappers Delight was recorded in one take

In an interview detailing how “Rapper's Delight” was made, Michael ‘Wonder Mike‘ Wright, a member of The Sugarhill Gang told The Guardian,

“At parties, guys would pass mics around for hours, so rapping for 20 minutes in a studio seemed like nothing. When we made the record we kept coming up with clever things and the producers never stopped us. The finished recording was 19 minutes long, all the done in one take, but we cut it to 15, making the intro shorter and cutting out some party noise.”

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