Various Artists: The Sugar Hill Records Story (1996)

sugarhill

By Scott Goldfine

In between the groundbreaking success of Motown and Stax and Def Jam and Death Row, there was Sugar Hill. The recorded history of the stable of talent that put rap on the map — from 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight” to 1983’s “White Lines” ― is featured on Rhino’s exhaustive five-CD set “The Sugar Hill Records Story.”

The package shows that, 18 years after its genesis, the music dubbed a fad still holds up. “Funk You Right on Up” by Sequence is a fave.

GRADE: A

Sugar Hill Records Story GET NOW (Amazon)