As celebrations of Hip-Hop's 50th anniversary continue, The Sugar Hill Gang, Doug E. Fresh, and Rob Base performed on ABC's The View earlier today and spoke about the culture's enduring legacy, as well as their entries into Hip-Hop.
"To be honest, me and Chill Will started in Lincoln Projects," Doug E. Fresh explained. "Barry Bee who is also part of the Get Fresh Crew saw me doing the beat box and suggested that I do it outside, and that's how it started."
Master Gee, an original member of The Sugar Hill Gang, whose song "Rapper's Delight" is credited as the first commercially successful rap record, shared his experience with host Sunni Hostin.
"It has become an amazing situation to be from where we started with just Wonder Mike, Hank, and myself to now becoming a global phenomenon is mind blowing," he said.
Hostin revealed that she once used "Rapper's Delight" as a means to hustle in her youth. "I memorized all the lyrics to 'Rapper's Delight,' wrote them and photocopied them, and sold them for 50 cents apiece," she recounted. "That was my business back in the day. That was my hustle."
Rob Base, whose 1988 hit "It Takes Two" has evolved into a pop culture sensation and TikTok trend, shared his thoughts on the lasting popularity of the song. "I think it's amazing because the song was out so long ago, and people are still partying, dancing, and having a good time to it," he said. "I just feel that it's a blessing."
See an excerpt from the interview above.