RIP Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang
One third of the team that scored with "Rapper's Delight."
RIP to Big Bank Hank, the 57 year old rapper born Henry Lee Jackson who was one third of the Sugar Hill Gang, who had the first rap pop hit with "Rapper's Delight" in1979.
Hank was a charismatic pizza maker in an Englewood, N.J. shop who would rap while tossing dough when he was discovered by the son of Sylvia Robinson, Sugar Hill Records founder. His gregarious nature made him a natural fit with fellow rappers Wonder Mike and Master Gee, but his rhymes were actually written by Grandmaster Caz.
Hank's obituary is here. Watch "Rapper's Delight" below.