The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sugar Hill Gang[/lastfm] has had a rough ride and terrible deal in the past when it comes to record contracts, but now all of that is in the past and they are ready to move forward to make a come back with a new album and deal.
According to HiphopdX.com:
The Sugar Hill Gang, famous for the iconic single “Rapper’s Delight,” are the subject of a new documentary. They’re also setting their sights on releasing their first album in over ten years.
Iconic group, The Sugarhill Gang will be releasing their first album in more than ten years, according to a report by AllHipHop.com. The group is currently recording this album, the first since their 1999 children’s album (Jump On It!). The Gang is most known for their 1979 hit, “Rapper’s Delght.”
Currently, the group will be a focal point of “I Want My Name Back,” a documentary done by producer Roger Paradiso. Paradiso spoke with AllHipHop about the documentary and also about the group’s negative experience with the industry.
“They’re working on a new album and have been for a while,” Paradiso noted. “They got so disillusioned during their first experience. If that song [the seminal hit "Rapper's Delight"] happened today, they’d be set for life. But they are living a very modest life.”
The group’s involvement with “I Want My Name Back” also explains the various obstacles they have had to battle while in the industry, including legal woes and financial problems.
“Their recording career came to an end not really because they wanted to, but they were under such a bad contract,” Paradiso added. “They started touring and started learning how they were getting ripped off,” Paradiso said. “When their contract came up, they got legal advice, and they tried to negotiate a better contract and the label didn’t want to. They had no publishing control and they certainly weren’t paid correctly on the royalty side.”
No finalized release date has been officially provided for either project.
It’s sad how record labels did artists back in the day! And there is nothing legally the artist’s can do about it either, because it was all in the writing. And they were taken for every dime they made!