Sylvia Robinson, often called the Mother of Hip-Hop who pioneered the rap scene in 1970's New York, died Thursday at age 75.
According to the Associated Press, Robinson died of congestive heart failure at the New Jersey Institute of Neuroscience, in Seacaucus, N.J.
Born Sylvia Vanterpool, Robinson began her career as a blues singer in the 1950's, famous for Chocolate Candy Blues, before beginning a new production label called Sugar Hill Records with her late husband, Joe Robinson.
Before her career started as the Mother of Hip-Hop, she sang with Mickey Baker, known as Mickey & Sylvia,' which had a number one R&B song in 1956, Love Is Strange. Sylvia Robinson also had a hit of her own in 1973 called Pillow Talk.
As rap came to life on the streets of Harlem before it emerged into main stream music, Sylvia Robinson, along with the help of her son acting as a scout, commissioned three rappers to form a group in the late 1970's, according to The New York Times. Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee formed a group called the Sugar Hill Gang, which was one her well-known creations.
Shortly after, The New York Times reported she produced the first commercially successful rap recording, Rapper's Delight, by the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979, which peaked at the number four spot on R&B charts.
Sugar Hill Records also produced Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five as a result of Sylvia Robinson's efforts.
View the video below of Sylvia Robinson's 1973 hit, Pillow Talk.