R.I.P. Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang

Big Bank Hank

From USA Today:

The music world is mourning the death of rapper Big Bank Hank, who delighted fans and changed the course of hip-hop with the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 classic, Rapper’s Delight.

Big Bank Hank, who was born Henry Jackson but was also known as Imp the Dimp, died early Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to TMZ.

David Mallie, who manages the group’s two remaining living members, told Fox News that Jackson died from kidney complications due to cancer. Mallie confirmed the news to USA TODAY, saying that he had seen Hank “several times” over the last several years and that his health had been declining as he went through chemotherapy and dialysis treatments.

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6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang

  1. This is really sad. A friend told me about this today. I remember hearing Rappers Delight as a kid. That song blew my mind! Never heard anything like it. Hank will be missed. I feel a piece of my childhood is gone. He was a true pioneer of hip hop. It’s sad that young hip hop fans don’t know who he is. But I bet they’ve heard of vanilla Ice. A crying shame!

  2. @Kushite, you took the words right outta my mouth, there never will another moment in musical time like this again-thanks for the great, innovative music Big Bank Hank/Imp the Dimp/The Ladies’ Pimp and R.I.P.!!!

  3. I remembered Rapper’s Delight. I loved it soo much. Now that is what you call great rap. These days , I rarely say that. RIP to Big Bank Hank. He..and true rap music will be missed.

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