Sylvia Robinson passed away this morning at the age of 75. The singer/songwriter, label owner, and “mother of hip-hop” Initially received acclaim for her racy 1973 single “Pillow Talk.” In 1979, Robsinson went on to form Sugar Hill Records with her husband.
The label brought about the legendary Sugar Hill Gang and their seminal hip-hop classic “Rapper’s Delight,” which became the first commercially successful rap song. Sylvia’s vocal talents weren’t forgotten either, with the likes of Moby and J Dilla sampling her soulful tunes.
Thank you for helping pave the way for so many after you, Sylvia. Rest in peace.