King of the (Sugar)Hill!

August 12, 1998

New Rhino Collection Due October 6Salutes The Label That Started Rap

Masters Of The Old School Rhino Records drops an album sure toappeal to fans of hip-hop: THE BEST OF SUGAR HILL RECORDS. The onlysingle-volume collection available of the most seminal sides from thelegendary rap label hits the streets on October 6.

The distinctive blue label of Sugar Hill Records graced some of the mostimportant releases in rap history from 1979 to 1985. The New Jersey-basedcompany was the first to commercially record hip-hop music - to truly putthe party into the grooves. THE BEST OF SUGAR HILL RECORDS will beavailable at retail for a suggested list price of $16.98 CD/$11.98cassette. The album will also be available through RhinoDirect at1-800-432-0020 and via the Rhino website at

The 15 tracks on THE BEST OF SUGAR HILL RECORDS include such pop and R&Bhits as Sugarhill Gang's epochal "Rapper's Delight" (voted the #1 all-timefavorite rap song by MTV), "8th Wonder," and "Apache." The first raprecord to venture into social commentary, Grandmaster Flash & The FuriousFive's "The Message," is also here, along with the hit "White Lines (Don'tDon't Do It)" and classic sides from The Sequence, Treacherous Three, Funky4 + 1, and others.

While the music here is historic, it's no museum piece. Sugar Hillrecordings have provided the backing tracks to smashes from suchcontemporary stars as Dr. Dre ("Keep Their Heads Ringin'"), Busta Rhymes("Woo Hah! Got You All In Check"), and Puff Daddy ("Can't Nobody Hold MeDown"). Liner notes were penned by Lorraine Ali, who was voted MusicJournalist Of The Year at 1997's Music Journalist Awards. Additionally,Chuck D, Ice-T, and Queen Latifah all contributed essays to THE BEST OFSUGAR HILL RECORDS, a testament to the label's preeminent place in hip-hophistory.For track listings, liner notes, artwork, or review copies, please contactYvonne Gomez at Rhino Media Relations.

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