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Hip Hop Pioneers Recording New Album
1:30PM ET September 22nd, 2011
Contributor : Chris G.
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The Sugarhill Gang Return

Hip hop pioneers the Sugarhill Gang are planning a return to music and the group is working on its first album in over a decade. The group is also being featured in a documentary called "I Want My Name Back." The film tells the group's story; their rise to fame, their significance to hip hop history and their controversial origins.

"Theyâre working on a new album and have been for a while," Roger Paradiso, the film's director told AllHipHop."They got so disillusioned during their first experience. If that song [the seminal hit "Rapper's Delight"] happened today, theyâd be set for life. But they are living a very modest life."

The group has been involved with a legal battle the group involving their names with Sylvia and Joe Robinson, the owners of the Sugar Hill record label. They also never saw royalties for hits like "Rapper's Delight" and "Apache."

"Their recording career came to an end not really because they wanted to, but they were under such a bad contract," Paradiso said. "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 didnât want to. They had no publishing control and they certainly werenât paid correctly on the royalty side."

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