Singer and record industry pioneer Sylvia Robinson has passed away at the age of 75, after suffering congestive heart failure at a New Jersey hospital this morning. Perhaps best known for producing Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” for her Sugar Hill Records label, Robinson is credited with helping Hip-Hop become a global phenomenon. By selecting the Chic “Good Times” sample, she is often referred to as “the godmother of Hip-Hop” for her contributions to the then-young genre. Robinson also had her own artistic success with “Love Is Strange”, which she recorded as part of Mickey and Sylvia and her Pillow Talk album, the title single of which also was a radio hit.
If you’re unfamiliar, check out some of Robinson’s best solo work and pay homage to a sister who truly paved a way for female executives in the record industry. Rest in peace, Sylvia!