Summary: pioneering rapper and record producer who was considered by some as the mother of hip-hop and had a 1973 hit as a singer-songwriter with Pillow Talk but was later known as one of hip-hop's early founders for releasing one of rap's first mainstream success with Rapper's Delight in 1979 through Sugar Hill Records, which she started with her husband Joe Robinson (d. 2000).
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Born: March 6, 1936
Died: September 29, 2011
Location: Edison, New Jersey