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Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Jerry Doby


Bravo Media presents the original Hip-Hop empire in “First Family Of Hip Hop”

Hip-Hop started in NY but it’s the Jersey label of the century, Sugarhill Records, who made the inroads into the music industry and gave the culture it its international voice. About Forty years ago, Sylvia Robinson‘s Sugarhill Records brought the hip-hop culture out of the boroughs and into our daily lives with joints like White Lines, Rapper’s Delight, Apache (Jump On It) and an endless list of hit after hit. While they haven’t delivered a piece in quite some time, they are still getting paid and the NEW generation of Robinson’s feel they are ready to grab the reins from the ruling administration and bring the imprint back to life. The Robinson family is the subject of a brand new original docuseries “First Family of Hip Hop,” premiering Sunday, January 15 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo.

Check out this season 1 clip on Bravo TV First Family of Hip-Hop.

Here’s the official line on the new series

Bravo Media presents the family that started a music revolution in the new docuseries “First Family of Hip Hop,” premiering Sunday, January 15 at 9pm ET/PT. The Robinsons rose to fame in the 1970’s when they first put rap on the map with the famed Sugarhill Records, becoming a cultural phenomenon and changing the face of music forever. Now with a new generation rising up, brothers, sisters and cousins are all jostling for position to gain control of the famed label and to breathe new life into the Sugarhill legacy. For a sneak peek, please visit:

Forty years after matriarch Sylvia was dubbed “The Mother of Hip Hop” for bringing rap into the mainstream, the next generation of Robinsons are working at the label and looking to make their own stamp on history in different ways. These voracious children, siblings, and cousins will search for the next big thing in music, help their artists develop a unique sound, and brainstorm ways to bring the label back into the public eye, all while trying to make the mark that will give them the keys to the kingdom. While some of the younger family members strive to live up to their legendary name, others are busy enjoying the perks that it brings. In an industry as cutthroat and competitive as music, Sugarhill Records is at a crossroads with its reputation on the line and millions of dollars at stake. Now, the Robinsons will discover just how far they are willing to go in order to stay one step ahead of other labels . . . and one another.

Meet the First Family of Hip-Hop:



Leland Robinson, Sr.

LeA Robinson

Darnell Robinson

Rhondo Robinson, Jr.

Antonio Jordan

Shanell “Lady Luck” Jones

Somaya Reece

Eseni Ellington

Leland Robinson, Jr.

“First Family of Hip Hop” is produced by Left/Right and Mad Fusion. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, and Anneka Jones serve as Executive Producers for Left/Right; Danielle Medina is Executive Producer for Mad Fusion. Ashley M. Buie serves as Executive Producer and Glenda N. Cox is a Co-Executive Producer.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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