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sylvia robinsonSylvia Robinson has passed away at the age of 75. Sylvia Vanterpool Robinson, known as the Mother of Hip-Hop, died today at 6:28 a.m. EST from congestive heart failure. Sylvia who was born on March 6, 1936 was a singer, musician, music producer, and record label executive, most notably known for her work as founder/CEO of the seminal hip hop label Sugar Hill Records.

Q Tip was the first to tweet that the legendary record executive has died:

Sylvia Robinson

According to sister2sister magazine, Sylvia had been ill for approximately five months before passing this morning at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, family spokesman Greg Walker told Sister 2 Sister.Along with producing “Rapper’s Delight,” Sylvia also produced “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. She didn’t just work behind the scenes, though. Sylvia was half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia.

“Pillow Talk” and “Love is Strange” are two of Sylvia’s most popular songs.

Sylvia Robinson produced the very first successful rap record, “Rapper’s Delight”:

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