Henry Big Bank Hank Jackson of The Sugarhill Gang died Tuesday morning in New York City due to complications from cancer. Mashable confirmed his death with David Mallie, who manages Sugarhill Gang members Michael 'Wonder Mike' Wright and Guy 'Master Gee' O'Brien. The group is largely considered to have introduced hip-hop to the masses with its catchy 1979 hit 'Rapper's Delight.'
Big Bank Hank, the New York rapper who, as part of the Sugarhill Gang, released what is generally regarded as the first rap record, has died at the age of 57. according to reports,The performer, real name Henry Jackson, died from kidney complications due to cancer.Jackson formed the Sugarhill Gang with Master Gee and Wonder Mic, having a big hit in 1979 with Rapper's Delight.
But his legendary song “Rapper’s Delight” will live on forever.
Hear Big Bank Hank and Hen Dog from The Sugarhill Gang talk about the birth of hip hop.
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