Her Story: Sylvia Robinson

“The Mother of Hip-Hop”, Sylvia Robinson (1935-2011) was an American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive. She founded Sugar Hill Records, an American hip-hop music record label, in 1979. The label’s first release was “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, which is considered to be the first song to popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world.

Sylvia Robinson used her talent, intuition, persistence, and determination to birth a new musical genre. In the process, she broke down barriers in a male-dominated industry and paved the way for other marginalized people to gain a foothold. Sylvia Robinson is a musical icon, her legacy deserves a place of honor in our history books. She Made History!

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