Martha Clara vineyards on the north fork of Long Island was the recent host of the FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival. Grammy-winning artist Nile Rodgers produced and performed at this unique two-day event. You’d be hard pressed to find Chuck D, Keith Urban, Beck, Pharrell Williams Duran Duran, Chaka Khan and Chic on the same stage unless it was at an award show. This was an outdoor festival with the beauty of Long Island as the backdrop. Read the rest of this entry
Big Bank Hank died last night in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. Hank was a member of The Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. The group is world-renowned for their 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to chart the Top 40, selling over 10 million copies. Hank was manager for The Cold Crush Brothers’ Grandmaster Caz and working at a pizzeria when Sylvia Robinson’s son Joey heard him rap. Hank created controversy when he used a verse written by Caz in “Rapper’s Delight” and kept the writing credit. Hank, born Henry Jackson, was suffering from cancer. He was 57.
Using a break from one of Hip-hop’s most infamous records, the Lox continue to rip mics. We’re glad someone finally addressed this vain addiction. Read the rest of this entry
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon recently ran this sick skit. Wonder how long it took to amass the necessary footage to make this one. Be sure to check out the true story of Wonder Mike & Master Gee formerly of The Sugarhill Gang in I Want My Name Back.
Songs recorded by The Sugarhill Gang and Run-D.M.C. have been recently named as inductees into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is the first rap recording to grab worldwide attention and success. Run-D.M.C and Aerosmith’s Top 5 hit “Walk This Way” used MTV and mainstream radio to fuse Rap and Rock. Read the rest of this entry
Maysles Cinema’s Summer of Music, The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival, Tedsmooth’s Old School Jam and Harlem Hip-Hop Tours Present:
The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” has been added to the National Recording Registry and recognized by the Library of Congress as one of 25 works that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. They are joined by Prince’s “Purple Rain,” and Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” among others. Keep reading for the rest of the list. Read the rest of this entry
Rapper’s Delight ft. Wonder Mike and Master Gee recently took the stage with Kids These Days at Chicago’s International Movies & Music Festival. They were screening I Want My Name Back, a documentary that examines the groups struggles to retain the rights to their namesake. Look out for it when it becomes available soon. Be sure to read our exclusive interviews with the group and the film’s director Roger Paradiso in the latest issue of RD mag. Read the rest of this entry
Asbury Park, NJ was the site of the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival. One of the main features of the event was the documentary I Want My Name Back. For many reasons this film is an absolute must see for anyone who loves music. I was invited by the film’s director Roger Paradiso to moderate a panel discussion on the early days of hip hop in the state of New Jersey. While most people know the Bronx, NY as the birthplace of Hip Hop few are aware of the impact the state across the Hudson River made. Editor in Chief of Producer’s Edge, Drew Spence also attended and we found out that this was the first event of its kind. Read the rest of this entry
NEW JERSEY FILM PREMIER OF
I WANT MY NAME BACK
Hip Hop’s First Superstars Wonder Mike and Master Gee
Subjects of Acclaimed Documentary
Live Performance by “Rapper’s Delight Featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee”
Follows March 24, 2012 Screening at Paramount Theatre Read the rest of this entry