The life story of "Godmother of Hip Hop" Sylvia Robinson will soon be making its way on screen. Producer Paula Wagner has acquired film rights to the life story of the co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, which catapulted rap into the mainstream with the breakout single "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang.
This biopic should be juicy. In addition to Robinson's stories of success, there's been reports of her companies' ties to the Mafia and artists being ripped off for their publishing and royalties. Melle Mel,of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, who recorded the classic 1983 single "The Message" for Sugar Hill, will also serve as a consultant on the film.
As this project makes its way into development, let’s check out more music biographies we’d love to see. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)
(Photos from left: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, Courtesy Sugar Hill Records)