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Jan 5, 1980: The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” Sugarhill Gang Becomes Hip-Hop’s First Top 40 Hit

Hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer. They trace back directly to January 5, 1980, when the song “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop single

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