The legendary Sugarhill Gang has their name back after a years-long, bitter feud that saw the group lose its own artist name to the family behind their first record label, according to AllHipHop.com.:
The group has come to a legal agreement and has the rights to the name again according to founding member Master G the feud is over.
“What needed to be done was done. Yes we are the original group that performed recorded and wrote the songs that made our group famous” Master G. told AllHipHop.com. “And with respect we are the one and only Sugarhill Gang.
According to “The Art of Rap Festival” creator Mickey Benston, it is really the original surviving members of the seminal group The Sugarhill Gang: Wonder Mike and Master G.
“This is the original group called the Sugarhill Gang With Wonder Mike And Master G,” “The Art of Rap” Founder Mick Benston told AllHipHop.com. “R.I.P Big Bank Hank. He is the only member not on stage. He is replaced with HEN DOG. And yes, there once was a group out before using the name. Now come see the group that was on the original recording ‘Rapper’s Delight.’. The real Sugarhill gang.”
Prior to his passing in July of 2015 at the age of 53, Sugarhill Records owner Joey Robinson Jr. had been adopting the name and touring as The Sugarhill Gang, with a revolving cast of characters.—-AllHipHop.com
The Sugarhill Gang is credited as recording Hip Hop’s first commercially successful hit, 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The original Sugarhill Gang’s name dilemma was the subject of a 2011 documentary titled, “I Want My Name Back.” They had been embroiled in a battle with the Robinson family–who were behind the Sugarhill Records label–over their name.
The group was also featured in an episode of TV One’s Unsung.
The group is touring as an act with the Ice-T-backed “The Art of Rap Festival” tour, which has dates set across the country.
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