KNOW YA HIP HOP: Big Freedia And Sugar Hill Gang

Learn about Big Freedia and the Sugar Hill Gang.

On November 19, 2021, the Universal Hip Hop Museum and are set to celebrate Hip Hop History Month by highlighting the Big Freedia and one of Hip-Hop’s first groups.


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If you wanna talk about New Orleans Bounce music, you have to bring up one person of merit: Big Freedia! Sure, she is an icon in the LGBTQIA+ community, but she is also an undeniable force in expanding a particular kind of Southern rap music to the masses.

In 2016, Beyoncé sampled the Louisiana native’s voice on her breakout single, “Formation.” And two years later, Drake put Freedia’s ad-libs on his mega-hit “Nice for What.”

Her big bold personality is infectious and her ability to rock the party makes her as Hip Hop as it comes.

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On Thursday, November 19, 1981, the trailblazing trio, the Sugar Hill Gang, presented the Disco Fever and Mr. Magic with gifts of Gold Records for their hit record, “Eighth Wonder.”

The iconic group’s biggest single, “Rappers Delight,” was the first Hip-Hop song to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mr. Magic launched the first-ever Rap radio show in 1979 with “Disco Showcase.” A few years later Magic launched the first exclusively Hip Hop radio show to be aired on a major station, “Rap Attack” featuring Marley Marl as the DJ and Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams as co-producer.

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