London: Sylvia Robinson, the pioneer of rap music, has died in New Jersey following a congestive heart failure. She was 75.
Known to many as mother of hip-hop, she set up the record label Sugar Hill Records in 1979 with her late husband Joe and produced hip-hop’s first commercially successful single, ‘Rapper’s Delight’.
Born Sylvia Vanterpool in New York, she had a long career in the music industry, until 1979, when she first experienced rap and latched on to its potential.
Sylvia is survived by three sons and 10 grandchildren.