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R.I.P. Big Bank Hank, a legendary ‘Rapper’s Delight’

Henry Jackson, better known as Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang, died early Tuesday morning from complications due to cancer.
Henry Jackson, better known as Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang, died early Tuesday morning from complications due to cancer. YouTube

Hearing that Henry “Big Bank Hank” of the Sugarhill Gang has died, we can’t stop listening to “Rapper’s Delight,” added to the Grammy Hall of Fame last year.

Jackson died early Tuesday morning at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey from complications due to cancer. He was 57.

His former Sugarhill Gang members, Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien issued a joint statement honoring their fellow rapper.

“So sad to hear of our brother's passing. The three of us created musical history together with the release of 'Rapper's Delight.' We will always remember traveling the world together and rocking the house. Rest in peace Big Bank.”

The 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight” has been called the most recognizable rap song in history. We’ll leave that to the experts to debate and just say that a legend has been lost today.

And, we’ll spend some time revisiting this hysterical “Rapper’s Delight” homage that Jimmy Fallon created with NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who brought two friends along.

“I’m here, I’m there, I’m Big Bank Hank, everywhere.”

Thanks for the music, Big Bank.

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