Sugarhill Gang and the Furious Five

The Sugarhill Gang and the Furious Five

Forget doubling down. Love, Peace & Hip-Hop is tripling down when it comes to legendary acts at next month’s Hip-Hop Family Day on Main Street. After announcing last month that Big Daddy Kane would headline the free April 13 event, the festival today unveiled that The Sugarhill Gang and the Furious Five are also on the lineup.

As far as recognizable singles go, no previous Hip-Hop Family Day artist can boast anything to outdo The Sugarhill Gang’s ubiquitous 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” The first hip-hop single to crack the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, its beaming rhymes and funky rhythm remain smile-inducing four decades later. The group notched other popular hits in Europe — “Apache,” “8th Wonder” and “Living in the Fast Lane,” among others — but is best known for its pioneering debut single.

The Furious Five are equally tied into rap’s formative forays into the mainstream. Originally rallied by genre-shaping DJ Grandmaster Flash, they brought an emphasis on the emerging craft of turntablism as well as more conscious and uncompromising lyricism to their work, including the 1982 breakout single “The Message,” a precursor to the socially minded firebrands who would follow in their wake.

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