10. The Sugarhill Gang never actually lived in Sugar Hill

Exterior of townhouses along St. Nicholas Avenue near Sugar Hill.

The Sugarhill Gang was a hip-hop trio behind the 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to break top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though, while they are named for the neighborhood (as was their record label), they were all based in Englewood, New Jersey. They were assembled into a group by Sylvia Robinson, who with her husband Joe Robinson founded Sugar Hill Records.

Though, the group and their eponymous first album brought some attention to the neighborhood. The group originated with members Master G, Wonder Mike, and Big Bank Hank. The neighborhood did raise some hip hop musicians, and some of this heritage is reflected at the annual Sugar Hill Music Festival.

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