It’s possible that modern hip-hop would look a lot different if the Sugarhill Gang hadn’t come along. Their 1979 single “Rapper’s Delight,” buoyed by a sample of Chic’s “Good Times,” was the first rap hit and ushered the genre into the mainstream, with other hip-hop pioneers like Run-DMC and Erik B. & Rakim following right behind. Forty years later and original Gang members Wonder Mike and Master Gee are back at it, and they’ll be performing in Sandpoint alongside Grandmaster Melle Mel of groundbreaking hip-hop collective the Furious 5. Vintage rap fans shouldn’t miss it.
— Nathan Weinbender