Known by many as the "mother of hip-hop," Sylvia Robinson died at 6:28 this morning from congestive heart failure in a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. The multi-talented New York City native had apparently been ill for the past five months or so, according to a statement released by a family spokesman to S2S Magazine.
The founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records, Robinson is widely recognized as being one of the creators of hip-hop music as we know it. She played a major role in the production of both Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message." Her use of sampling in "Rapper's Delight" led to being named the "mother of hip-hip."