The woman most responsible for the rise of Hip Hop as an internationally recognized music genre has passed away. Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure at 6:28 a.m. today in a New Jersey hospital. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson is best known for producing both Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” on her independent Sugar Hill Records label.

The beautiful founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records was also a noted singer in her own right. Her singles “Pillow Talk” and “Love Is Strange” were both staples on urban radio in the seventies.

Her unconventional use of sampling in “Rapper’s Delight” led to Ms Robinson being known as the “mother of hip-hip.” Ms. Robinson opened the door for many black women in the music industry. Because of her, black female executives dominated the urban music industry in the 80s and 90s.

Watch Ms. Robinson perform “Pillow Talk” on Soul Train after the break

   

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  • MzTisch

    RIP..

    Chili favors her…..

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    RIP – Rapper’s Delight is STILL a staple in our community! :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukFcl_Cgog&feature=player_embedded#! His_Mommy623

    RIP Sylvia..

  • Shereezy

    RIP…and chilli does favor her

  • chocolate divalicious

    RIP

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    R.I.P
    My Auntie turned me on to her song Pillow Talk when I was a teenager… 🙁

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    :blink:

  • kingstonn

    oh noo… RIP.
    even though i’m too young to know who she was.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    May her and her baby hairs rest in peace

    #messy

  • http://www.tallmenshoes.com/ Man, I just don’t care™

    “The Message” STILL prolly the greatest rap song ever made.
    :yes:
    R.I.P.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqcYQsivvbs FeFe

    R.I.P.

    She was very pretty…I never knew about her…

  • Shereezy

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    May her and her baby hairs rest in peace

    #messy
    **************************************************

    See I was tryna hold back… :ghost:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Tainted_Love says:

    My Auntie turned me on to her song Pillow Talk when I was a teenager…
    ___________________

    That was my song when I was a kid. Sylvia Robinson was my first grown woman crush 🙂

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJewNV_LhnE&feature=player_embedded Zoe B.

    RIP never knew who she was but from the article she seemed like a sweet person

  • Posche

    That J. Lo esque baby hair!

  • Posche

    Love that song!

  • Cinderella

    R.I.P.

    I was just listening to her song “Sho Nuff Boogie” featuring The Moments the other day. 🙁

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqcYQsivvbs FeFe

    “The Message” STILL prolly the greatest rap song ever made.
    ___

    I can agree with this…

  • West Coast Chick

    he baby hair is killing the game :rofl:

    sorry! RIP Sylvia 😥

  • West Coast Chick

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    May her and her baby hairs rest in peace

    #messy

    _________________

    heeheehee 😆

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    Baby hair PUMPIN! R.I.P. sis.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks for the video Miss Sandra. I remember hearing that song when I was younger, never knew about her specifically though. R.I.P. Rappers Delight and The Message is still the shizz! :whistle:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukFcl_Cgog&feature=player_embedded#! His_Mommy623

    i swear fo jaysus i hate Luscious :kona:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    May her and her baby hairs rest in peace

    #messy
    _________________________________________
    I was thinking the same thing….smh

    And the Message is still going strong 30 years later…That song was way before its time!!! :yes:

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    I just wanna pull the sides up to see if some brown hard pre-con gel is on her face! :shrug:

    Sorry – RIP

  • KrayZKat

    I remember Sylvia from way back in the day with her song, Pillow Talk. I loved that song!

    RIP, Sylvia.

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex

    Soul Train looked so cool back then.. Everybody just grooving and chit!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukFcl_Cgog&feature=player_embedded#! His_Mommy623

    yep, hate Bird too 😆

  • http://absurdvanity.com AbsurdVanity

    R.I.P

    Lol at these comments. Ya’ll ain’t right! :no:

  • http://www.tallmenshoes.com/ Man, I just don’t care™

    @CHIBY
    “And the Message is still going strong 30 years later…That song was way before its time!!!”
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    You can play that chit RIGHT NOW and it would seem like it came out yesterday.

  • Creamychic

    Tatted and Luscious to da :kona: Now dammit. :waiting:
    oh and Rest on my sista, rest on

  • free

    Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven says: I just wanna pull the sides up to see if some brown hard pre-con gel is on her face!

    *****************************************

    LOL! i was trying to lay my daughter’s curly kinks down this morning with some salon mess i got from the store. it didn’t work. if only i had that pre-con w/a rat tip comb!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukFcl_Cgog&feature=player_embedded#! His_Mommy623

    Tatted too 😆

  • Shereezy

    Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven says:

    I just wanna pull the sides up to see if some brown hard pre-con gel is on her face!
    ******************************************

    Oh Lord Imma need a breathing treatment from laughing at this chit so hard!!!

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Pretty woman and interesting post

    :waves: SR

  • vero

    :nono: @Tatted and Luscious

  • vero

    Hey CHoco, long time no see :hug:

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    @ Creamycakes, Free-NelsonMandela, HISSSSS & Shereezy –

    Ya’ll already know the clear pre-con wasn’t out then, so she had to either lay it down w/the brown pre-con or some Jam! WAIT, was Jam out back then??? :thinking:

    I bet she had those baby hairs up until she passed! 😆

    #NOSPEAKIN’ILLOFTHEDEAD

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    @ Vero? WHAT I DO??? If I didn’t ask it, somebody would’ve! :shrug:

  • vero

    again tatted !!!!

  • 609DYME

    Free says:

    LOL! i was trying to lay my daughter’s curly kinks down this morning with some salon mess i got from the store. it didn’t work. if only i had that pre-con w/a rat tip comb!
    ————————————————————————-

    thats cause you needed a good ole toothbrush!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqcYQsivvbs FeFe

    Y’all better :stop: talking ill of this woman’s baby hairs…back in the day that was in style *still remembers when I had baby hairs gel down with my braids*

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Has anyone heard from Lakes I emailed her yesterday and today :pray: She wasn’t in the best spirits

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Baby hairs was the chiznit in the 70’s you betta ask 😆

  • West Coast Chick

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    Has anyone heard from Lakes I emailed her yesterday and today She wasn’t in the best spirits

    ______________________

    I think she posted in Pink post earlier :think:

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    @ Choco – :hump: :lick: :heart:

    I didn’t hear from her….what happened? I know she said something about a car accident but I thought that was a cpl days ago. I’mma email her too!

  • West Coast Chick

    :rofl: she does favor Chilli… I knew she was somebody’s twin, I just couldnt figure out who :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDHXThl93OI&feature=fvwrel OHoney

    I don’t know her but may she RIP

  • West Coast Chick

    I could have swonr Lakes posted something… her gravi is of her baby and some cute dude, I believe :think:

  • West Coast Chick

    Aye Choco.. did nt you tell me about a website that I could go to to see my previous addresses? :think: was that U??

  • kingstonn

    WAIT. something happened with lakes?

    *reaches for phone*

  • Anna

    chibytex says:

    Soul Train looked so cool back then.. Everybody just grooving and chit!!!

    ~~~~~~~
    They have a new tv station called Bounce. It’s not in all areas yet go to Bouncetv.com to find out where to view it. They aired Soul Train.
    Sandra I’m surprised you didn’t mention Bouncetv, it’s out of Atlanta.

  • Anna

    Forgot R I P to Ms. Sylvina, I don’t remember her.

  • ohpretty1

    May she rest in peace. When my dad would give me those “You can be anything speeches” as a kid, she was one of the women he used as an example. She opened many doors for other women as Sandra said. Great post Auntie!

  • Yall still crazy

    RIP

    She was SHARB!
    *cues Pillowtalk* :whistle:

  • Kimbo

    Pretty woman. May she RIP, but I don’t know who she is….BTW :newbie:
    Hi all!

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @WCC
    I forgot I didn’t tell you but we heard about it on SR

    @Kingston
    Pls let me know if you hear from her I had a horrible visual last nite :pray:

    @Tatted :kiss:

  • Kimbo

    Tatted, your eye makeup is fierce BTW………

  • vero

    Send my :hug: to Lakes. I know she posted once or twice this morning

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Vero
    Thanks for the info :hugs:

  • West Coast Chick

    k.. thanks Choco 😀

  • vero

    yw Choco 🙂

  • pointhimout

    @1, what, the baby hair?

    RIP

  • http://dawnsheen.blogspot.com/ Dawn Sheen

    I had to wait until y’all wondered off topic..

    Tainted_Love says:

    R.I.P
    My Auntie turned me on to her song Pillow Talk when I was a
    —–
    A lady who was old enough to be my auntie turned me into a pillow princess…

  • http://www.1021online.com/1021online_006.htm Fieryearthchild

    She made it alright for women to embrace their sensual sides without the ‘obligation factor or to do this for getting the man factor’ way before many artist today. Though I was censored by the parents to listen as a child when I got around the aunties, I could listen all I wanted. LOL I love Pillow Talk, You Sure Love To Ball, Sho Nuff Boogie, Next Time I See You. She was amazing and so ahead of her time. RIP Mizz Sylvia. Great Post Sandra.

  • Yall still crazy

    FREE EB :coffee:

  • wilhelmina99

    We have lost a very talented woman and icon. I loved “Love On A Two Way Street” which was sampled by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ single “Empire State of Mind”.

    R.I.P. Sylvia.

  • wilhelmina99

    :cosign: @Fieryearthchild

    This is a great post Sandra!

  • Ty

    Dawn Sheen says:

    I had to wait until y’all wondered off topic..

    Tainted_Love says:

    R.I.P
    My Auntie turned me on to her song Pillow Talk when I was a
    —–
    A lady who was old enough to be my auntie turned me into a pillow princess
    ______________________________________________________________________
    :rofl: Damn it Dawn!!! Looking at your gravi screaming “Sexual Chocolate…Give it up for the band…stomp, stomp…..Sexual Chocolate”

    #nodisrespectRIPSylvia