Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank Dies

Hip-hop has lost one of its freshest pioneers. Sugarhill Gangs’ “Big Bank Hank” succumbed to his battle with cancer, early Tuesday morning. He was 57 years old.

As one of the founding members of the iconic Sugarhill Gang, the group is best known for it’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” ‘which sparked a widespread interest and instant intrigue that popularized hip-hop music across the world.

The iconic song ranked #251 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” and held down the #2 spot on Vh1’s “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.


Big Bank Hank, born Henry Jackson in Bronx, New York, brought an energy and electrifying persona to the stage when delivering the lyrics, ” the grandmaster with 3 MCS that shock the house for the young ladies,” and targeting the image of superman while capturing his “Lois Lane,” throughout his “Rappers Delight’ verse.

Classic and timeless.

Fellow emcees, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, said in a statement, “So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace Big Hank.”

The JET family sends our condolences to Big Bank Hank and his family.

Listen to the adventures of Big Hank and the Sugarhill Gang, below: