Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Grandmaster Caz on Big Bank Hank "Rapper's Delight" Controversy
Grandmaster Caz sat down with VladTV and spoke on his connection to recently deceased member of the Sugar Hill Gang, Big Bank Hank, saying as his manager, Hank took credit for his rhymes that ended up on the now legendary track, "Rapper's Delight." Caz claims Hank, as his manager, had a copy of a tape of rhymes he'd written, and listened to it regularly. Hank was rhyming the lines one day in a pizza shop when Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson walked in and heard the bars, asking if he'd like to audition to be in the rap group "Sugar Hill Gang." Instead of giving Caz credit, he repeated his rhymes and won a spot in the group. Caz continues to claim that he wrote pretty much every word of Hank's verse on the Hip Hop classic, "Rapper's Delight." He also admits he didn't like the record when he first heard it. Once the song became a hit, Caz admits he felt jerked that Hank got so many opportunities based on the lyrics he'd written. Check out the interview below.
Labels: Bboy, BGirl, BHZLife, Big Bank Hank, Brickheadz, Chicago, Classic, Controversy, DJ Shon Roka, DJVlad, Grandmaster Caz, Hip Hop, Hip Hop History, Interview, LA, Legendary, NY, Rapper's Delight, Worldwide
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.