Library Of Congress Includes ‘Rapper’s Deligh’
The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight was one of 25 songs entered in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. It is widely believed to be the first Hip-Hop track that crossed over into the mainstream, achieving chart success. Rolling Stone credited the song at number 251, in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
Alongside Rapper’s Delight, South Bend Tribune reports that this year’s additions include Prince’s Purple Rain album, and Parliament’s Mothership Connection. The specification for included recordings states that the tracks must be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
The Sugarhill Gang’s track is not alone as a Hip-Hop single in the collection. Other classics in the genre that appear in the National Recording Registry include Public Enemy’s Fear Of A Black Planet, Tupac Shakur’s Dear Mama, De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message.