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.
A great young talent has passed.
Signed to Ed Banger records, Mehdi had released many solo works and also collaborated with some great artists, including MC Solarr, Daft Punk, Cassius, Carol King, and Chromeo.
Very tragic news. He'll be sadly missed.
Nick Ashford of songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed away last night in a New York City hospital. Him and his wife, Valerie Simpson, penned and produced hits for many of Motown's largest acts. Nearly all of the '60's hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were the work of Ashford & Simpson, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing." The couple was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
Nick Ashford's contribution to R&B and soul music won't be forgotten. Take a listen below to his biggest solo hit with Simpson, "Solid." After the jump, you'll find a few more timeless tunes to reminisce to.
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