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The Sequence’s “Funk You Up” was the first hip-hop single by a female group

The Sequence was a female trio from South Carolina consisting of Angie “Angie B” Stone, Cheryl “The Pearl” Cook and Gwendolyn “Blondy” Chisolm.

After being backstage at a Sugarhill Gang concert and impressing Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson, The Sequence got signed to Sugar Hill Records and released “Funk You Up” in December 1979, the first hip-hop single by a female group and the second single ever released on the label. “Funk You Up” peaked at No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

The Sequence - Funk You Up

In 2017, The Sequence sued Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson because “Uptown Funk” sounded too similar to “Funk You Up” their biggest hit.