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"Rapper's Delight" is a 1979 (see 1979 in music) single by American hip hop trio The Sugarhill Gang; it is widely acknowledged as the first hip hop hit single. (Fatback Band's "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" was released a few months prior, but has been overshadowed somewhat in history by "Rapper's Delight.") The song is nearly three thousand words long and runs for 14:36.

"Rapper's Delight" hit #36 on the US pop charts and #4 on the US R&B charts, and became the first hip hop single to go gold. The following year, the song was the anchor of the group's first album, The Sugarhill Gang. In spite of a few more minor hits, The Sugarhill Gang quickly faded into obscurity.

Grandmaster Caz from the Cold Crush Brothers claims that Sugarhill Gang member Big Bank Hank used his rhymes on Rapper's Delight. The verse in which Big Bank Hank raps Caz's name ("I'm the C A S an the O V A") seems to support this claim, although it is disputed to spell Casanova ("I'm the C A S N, the O V A...")

To honour the song that many believe started it all, Erick Sermon, Redman, and Keith Murray covered the song in 1998.

The Spanish summer hit, Aserejé (2002) (released as The Ketchup Song in Germany and United Kingdom), sung by Las Ketchup, tells the story of a boy who asks a DJ to play the "song he desires most". Since he cannot produce the correct title, he mispronounces the first lines of Rapper's Delight: "I say the hip-hop, the hip..." which becomes the meaningless refrain "Aserejé ja dejé...".

The song was used in the final stages of an imaginative Honda commercial/advert, The Cog, in the United Kingdom in 2003/2004.



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