Sylvia Robinson Dead At 75

Sylvia Vanterpool Robinson, 75, who is best known for producing hip hop’s first mainstream record, died this morning in her home in Secausus, New Jersey.

Through her label Sugar Hill Records she set the stage for the rap group Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and was also responsible for the production behind another hip hop classic “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. 

Before she touched hip hop, Robinson was one-half of the R&B duo Mickey and Sylvia and sung the hits “Love is Strange” and “Pillow Talk.” 

Robinson is survived by her three sons Joseph Robinson Jr., Leland Robinson and Rhondo Robinson.