SUGAR HILL RECORDS LOGOAlthough Sylvia Robinson first made her mark in the music industry in the 1950’s as half of the due Mickey and Sylvia and later in the early 70’s with the sensual hit “Pillow Talk,” many remember her as the “Mother of Hip Hop” and owner of Sugar Hill Records.

Producer Paula Wagner, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer directly from the Robinson family. Sylvia’s eldest son, Joey Robinson, will executive produce and consult on the yet to be titled project, which will cover Robinson’s life as a singer and owner of Sugar Hill Records who, in 1979, had the first rap hit with “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang*. Melle Mel, lead rapper of the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, will consult Robinson.

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The label released timeless classics by The Sugar Hill Gang(below), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5(on left), Spoonie Gee and the Sequence. No release date for the film has been announced.


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Sylvia Robinson died in 2011 at age 75.

* Fatback Band’s “King Tim III was released a week earlier to less fanfare and lays claim to the first rap record released.