Su­garhill Records ex­ec­u­tive Joseph Robin­son Jr. dies from can­cer at age 53

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Joseph Robin­son Jr., an ex­ec­u­tive at Su­garhill Records and a son of Sylvia Robin­son, known as the Mother of Hip-Hop, died Satur­day from can­cer. He was 53.

Fam­ily spokesman Greg Walker said Wed­nes­day that Robin­son, bet­ter known as Joey, died at his home in Te­nafly, New Jersey.

Robin­son’s mother founded Su­garhill Records. She re­leased the 1979 sem­i­nal rap song, “Rap­per’s De­light,’’ on her la­bel. The song from the Su­garhill Gang be­came hip-hop’s first hit. It was re­leased as hip-hop be­gan to emerge as a genre, mak­ing its way into the Top 40 on the Bill­board pop charts. She died in 2011.

Robin­son was the ex­ecu­tor of Su­garhill Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing. He han­dled deals with artists who sam­pled mu­sic from Su­garhill Records’ cat­a­logue.

In 1985, he re­placed Su­garhill Gang’s Guy O’Brien and per­formed with the rap group. Big Bank Hank, one of the group’s orig­i­nal mem­bers, died last year.

He is sur­vived by his brother, Le­land Robin­son, and other fam­ily mem­bers. A fu­neral will be held July 21 in En­gle­wood, New Jersey, where the Su­garhill Gang was formed.

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