Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Sugarhill Gang

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

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  1. I still can’t believe Big Stank Hank used the rhyme with Cassanova’s name in it like that without even changing it. Pretty dumb.

  2. What a treasure this series is. How wonderful that it is on BB. Pure morning deliciousness. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m really looking forward to the origins of PE and NWA getting this loving treatment. And dammit, there should be some kind of hip hop legacy fund foundation giving Piskor shitloads of cash just because. You hear me Simmons?

  3. The family tree is missing the forgotten father of hip-hop, Pigmeat Markham who was rapping in 1968… 

    1.  The whole “Family Tree” idea is about direct relationships. Kool Herc is the most logical place to start. If we fall down the rabbithole of documenting influences, it will add about 600 pages to the story.

  4. I have always wondered why they chose the name Sugarhill. Was miss Sylvia a big fan of SugarHill Studios? They were a pretty influential studio at the time and had just done some work for Todd Rundgren and Ted Nugent at the time?

    I’m guessing it was just a coincidence.

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