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Performances Song History

Rapper's Delight

Music/Lyrics: Edwards/Rodgers

Vocals: Kid Rock, Fish

Original Artist: The Sugarhill Gang

Original Album: Single (1970)

Debut: 2000-09-29

Historian: Mark Toscano

Arguably the first multi-platinum hip-hop song, “Rapper’s Delight” is seen by many as the beginnings of what was then predicted by the industry to be a short-lived “fad” genre. Phish more or less performed the song with Kid Rock in Vegas on 9/29/00, with Fishman contributing a largely improvised verse on his knees about the Kid’s firm member. (Don’t ask…)

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