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Sugar Hills Records Launched the Rap Revolution

Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward takes a look at the record label, which emerged as a subsidiary of All Platinum Records. It promoted rap music soon after it first emerged in New York nightclubs.


Other segments from the episode on April 6, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 6, 1995: Interview with Merle Haggard; Commentary on Sugar Hill Records; Interview with Wendy Kaminer; Review of Edwidge Danticat's book "Krik? Krak!"


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