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Rest In Power Big Bank Hank

Big Bank HankOn Tuesday, November 11th 2014 the Hip Hop community was saddened to learn of the death of Henry Jackson, better known as Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang from complications due to cancer. With his contributions to Sugarhill Gang’s most well known record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which was also the first Rap single to be released to the mainstream, it’s not an overstatement to say that we lost a true pioneer of the genre. Hip Hop Nation owes a lot to Big Bank Hank for his role in putting Rap music on the map, and for keeping us grooving to his fluid, fun rhymes on Rapper’s Delight, a true timeless classic that’s as fun to listen to today as it must have been back in the late 70s and early 80s. Rest In Power Big Bank Hank, we know you’re rocking that golden microphone in Hip Hop Heaven.


And from the time I was only six years old
I never forgot what I was told
It was the best advice I ever had
It came from my wise, dear old dad
He said, “Sit down, punk, I wanna talk to you
And don’t say a word until I’m through
Now there’s a time to laugh, a time to cry
A time to live and a time to die
A time to break and a time to chill
To act civilized or act real ill
But whatever you do in your lifetime
You never let an MC steal your rhyme”
So from six to six ’til this very day
I’ll always remember what he had to say
So when the sucker MCs try to chump my style
I let them know that I’m versatile
I got style, finesse, and a little black book
That’s filled with rhymes and I know you wanna look
But the thing that separates you from me
And that is called originality

(Big Bank Hank – Rapper’s Delight)

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