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The Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank Has Left The Building

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2014 08:45am | Post a Comment
Sugarhill Gang "Rapper's Delight" (1979)


Famous for such rap rhymes as "Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn. Say if your girl starts acting up, then you take her friend" and "I'm here and I'm there, I'm Big Bank Hank, I'm everywhere" rapper/member of the pioneering popular rap act The Sugarhill Gang Big Bank Hank - born Henry Jackson of the Sugarhill Gang (along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee) died earlier today according to reports from such industry insiders as Lee"DJ Flash" Johnson. "He had stage four cancer," reported DJ Flash of the 57 year old New York City born pioneering rapper whose hit 1979 single "Rapper's Delight" directly influenced him and and so many others back in the day.  DJ Flash, who began his rap career in the early 80's on the West Coast,  told the Amoeblog this morning that, "Big Bank inspired a generation. Every true hip hop fan can remember where they were they were the first time they heard Rappers Delight. His passing will be felt around the world!" In honor of the rapper, responsible for introducing so many around the world (outside NYC) to rap/hip-hop for the first time, below are the lyrics from his first verse in the late seventies Sugar Hill Records hit single  (corresponding video above - abbreviated version) that was reportedly recorded in one take. [Note that however famous those lyrics were they were in fact ghost written by Grandmaster Caz - as outlined in this 2013 Amoeblog interview with the Cold Crush member who said he never got credit for them.]

Well, I'm Imp the Dimp, the ladies' pimp,
The women fight for my delight.
But I'm the grandmaster with the three MCs
That shock the house for the young ladies
And when you come inside, into the front,
You do the freak, spank, and do the bump
And when the sucker MC try to prove a point,
We're a treacherous trio, we're the serious joint!
a-From sun to sun and from time to time
I sit down and write a brand new rhyme
Because they say that miracles never cease
I've created a devastating masterpiece
I'm gonna rock the mic 'til you can't resist,
Everybody, I say it goes like this
Well, I was walking home late one afternoon
A reporter stopped me for an interview
She said she's heard stories and she's heard fables
That I'm vicious on the mic and the turntable
This young reporter I did adore,
So I rocked some vicious rhymes like I never did before
She said, "Damn, fly guy, I'm in love with you
The Casanova legend must have been true"
I said, "By the way, baby, what's your name?"
Said, "I go by name of Lois Lane
And you could be my boyfriend, you surely can,
Just let me quit my boyfriend called Superman."
I said, "He's a fairy, I do suppose
Flyin' through the air in pantyhose
He may be very sexy, or even cute,
But he looks like a sucker in a blue and red suit,"
I said, "You need a man man who's got finesse
And his whole name across his chest
He may be able to fly all through the night,
But can he rock a party 'til the early light?
He can't satisfy you with his little worm,
But I can bust you out with my super sperm!"
I go do it, I go do it, I go do it, do it, do it.
An' I'm here an' I'm there, I'm Big Ban Hank, I'm everywhere
Just throw your hands up in the air
And party hardy like you just don't care
Let's do it, don't stop, y'all, a tick tock, y'all, you don't stop!
Go ho-tel, mo-tel, whatcha gonna do today? (Say what?)
I'm gonna get a fly girl, gonna get some spank, drive off in a def OJ,
Everybody go, "Ho-tel, mo-tel, Holiday Inn"
You say if your girl starts actin' up, then you take her friend
I say skip, dive, what can I say?
I can't fit 'em all inside my OJ,
So I just tak half, and bust 'em out,
I give the rest to Master Gee so he can shock the house

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