"I said, a hip-hop, a hippie, a hippie to the hip-hip-hop." And with that, rap hit American radio for the first time in 1979. The song that opened the floodgates from everyone from Public Enemy to Jay-Z featured, as Rolling Stone described it, "raps about bad food instead of boasting." However trite lines about bad fried chicken might seem, it can't diminish the impact of the song. Sugarhill member Wonder Mike said he believes the song was a success because of its innocence. "It wasn't too heavy," he said. "It wasn't the message that was years later. It wasn't bash the police, that was years after that. What I wanted to portray was three guys having fun."
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