Sylvia's Funeral

Sylvia Robinson, Hip-Hop, and Disrespect

This is a question for all media, record labels, and video/radio outlets that play Hip-Hop music.

Why are you so disrespectful? This must be addressed!

Mrs. Sylvia Robinson and her late husband Mr. Joe Robinson formed one of the most successful R&B Record labels in 1969 – All Platinum Records.

The label featured R&B artists like The Moments, Brother to Brother, and The Rimshots, featuring Grammy nominated artist/writer/producer Jonathan Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were also pioneers who also established Hip-Hop as a lucrative, commercial enterprise.

Legendary manager Mick Bentson

In 1979, Mrs. Robinson concentrated on running their Sugarhill Records label, which also became instrumental in the emergence of Hip-Hop music as a format.

She was one of the first, if not the first, successful person to own a Hip-Hop record label, aside from just being the producer.

On Tuesday (October 11th), Mrs. Robinson was laid to rest at Community Baptist Church in Englewood, New Jersey.

No burial: a mausoleum, a white and gold casket & horse and carriage courtesy of her three sons Joey, Leland, and Rhondo Robinson, who spared no expense.

We give it up to Greg Walker of Icon Media Inc. for all his hard work and to former Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes for the nice words about Mrs Robinson.

Let me tell you a little bit about the people that showed respect and love. To all those that did not come, you truly were not missed.

It was disrespectful that there was no mainstream media covering the funeral. You all can write about beefs and arguments – that must be more important to you as news.

MTV, VH1, BET, AND FUSE, MAGAZINE OUTLETS, WEBSITES: YOU GUYS ARE PLAYING HIP-HOP BECAUSE OF HER, AND YOU COULD NOT SEND ANYONE TO COVER THIS STORY?

I hope, when the day comes and it’s time for your “Pillow Talk” with God, that you won’t be treated the way Mrs. Robinson was treated.

You should all pay homage.

These are some of the people that showed respect and paid homage to the Queen, Sylvia Robinson. We are going to miss you, but you will never be forgotten:

Mickey Bentson, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Scorpio, Lil’ Mo, Melissa Morgan, Billy Brown of The Moments, Greg Walker, Angela Winbush, Melba Moore, Ron Grant, DJ Break Out, Lil Rodney C., Jazzy Jeff of The Funky Four PLUS 1, Angie Stone, Busy Bee, Love Bug Starkie, Mike C., Reggie Reg, shubee, Chuck Chillout, Vincent Davis, Doug E. Fresh, Kedar Massenberg, Big Bub., J.T. Taylor, Lonnie Youngblood, Vaughn Harper, Big John Platt (EMI), David Kasis (Universal Business Affairs), Rev. Al Sharpton, Juelz, Kid Capri, Water Bed Kev, Smitty, Big Wayne, Sal from Fever, Cherl Da Pearl from Sequence, Iris (Virgin), Eazy Mike from Furious 5, Mark Green, King Yoda,  Mike and Wise  and legendary photographer, Ronnie Wright.

These people truly have love for the family who set the blueprint for Hip-Hop.

– Zulu Nation Forever – Mick “Mick Benzo” Bentson.

Mick Bentson is a legend in the Hip-Hop game who has managed the careers of Big Pun, Fat Joe, Lord Finesse, Everlast, Kool Keith, Force MD’s, King Tee, Monie Love, Ice-T, Everlast, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, King Russ and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, The Furious 5. 

You can also catch Mick on his Zulu Beats radio show with Afrika Bambataa and Cutman LG every Friday at 10:00 PM on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Tonight they will dedicate the show to Sylvia and Sugarhill Records.

9 Responses to “Sylvia Robinson, Hip-Hop, and Disrespect”

  1. EDOGZ818

    WoW!
    Some of them names I haven’t heard in years!
    Was the SugarHill Gang there? How about Grandmaster Caz who wrote their rhymes? ( But never got paid for it? )

    I don’t think it was disrespectful for mainstream media to not show up , but I do think it goes to show that we need our own media.

    No one person is the reason Hip Hop is played.
    Rap? Maybe….Hip Hop? Hip Hop would have still gotten it’s due without any corporate exec.
    Remember the 1st MixTape? It was called that because it was actually a cassette.
    La Di Dadi was tearing up the streets…..as a demo.
    Kool Moe D ripping Busy Bee was ripping the streets as an unreleased cassette.
    Travelling the world.

    Sure artist changed the game & record execs did too , but neither single handedly made hip Hop , any more than they could have stopped it.

    R.I.P. Sylvia!
    P.S. I think it’s disrespectful to show the casket or talk about the people who were there.
    If we missed it , we missed it! If the trend continues , soon people will show up just for the publicity!
    Casket was nice , but as my MOM said ” Don’t put flowers on my grave….give them to me when I’m alive , when I can enjoy them.”

    Funerals are for the living , not the dead.

  2. Roland Muskelly

    This shows what the new generation thinks of its elders !! Most lil kids born in the late 80’s thru 90’s don’t even know who this woman is. Say what you want but that’s Hip Hop’s fault. That’s AHH, HiphopDX, RAP PAGES, RAP RADAR, THE SOURCE XXL and any other publication Web or otherwise that just keep up with the trends without looking back a few minutes to show the youngsters where it came from. Peeps are too busy sucking Jay’s dick about his CEO skills they don’t mention that it was a woman that put Hip Hop on the  map mainstream wise !! The Rumor section for Vets and legends are more so a joke than some real shit. Just having her name and a pic saying Rest In Peace on the cover screen is not enough for this Hip Hop climate. The people who came out of that era should represent for her like the latter generation reps for 2Pac and Biggie/Constantly !!!!

  3. ReelDeal

    Lets keep it real Sylvia built her fortune and history on ripping people off, thats what all the legends have said and thats is fact. Why is it when someone dies then they are suddenly an angel. She also ruled by dividing…many artists she had are broke…Furious, Caz and everyone else  have noted many times in interviews how they were ripped off. Death is a natural course of life. Doesnt mean everyone agrees to forget her actions although they may forgive and  people should try and make out she was holier than thou. She was a dictator in hip hop, the blue print laid down was also negative not just ‘oh she created hip hop to the masses’ yes she did bt she wasnt Mother Theresa she and her sons stole from people. Thats why no  one is interested, jst cos you started something doesnt mean it was for the  good or was the best. Actions speak louder. Im not suprised not many turned up that could have. Not many had a good word to say. RIP SR, but please stop making her  out like she was Mother Theresa.  Its funny how people will  say what a terrible person she was when she was alive becuase of things she did and its well documented. Now she has passed, people pretending she was all good. Thats the problem people dont keep it real inc the artists. People dont have to pay respect, the hip hop industry is the devils playground, he is everywhere and Sylvia may have put down a ‘blueprint’ to future generations but a lot of it was built on lies. The ‘blueprint’ was also messed up. Thats partly why it is so bad today. You reap what you sow. Disrespect was her middle name.Everything the pioneers contributed was not all positive. So vlets just keep it real , instead of putting the wrong people on pedestals.

  4. Breakdabars

    Is this author really surprise, hip hop is not what it was. There is no respect for the culture or the people who paved the way, why you think so many wack blood sucking rappers get in and are accepted.

  5. Mick Benzo

    You Know whats more funnier then what y’all are saying?

     This Company Sugarhill Label made wax Now It Is  IN Billboards, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, MTV, BET AND OTHER OUTLETS BECAUSE SHE PUT IT ON WAX.

    CASSETTE  TAPES WAS NOT GETTING IN OTHER COUNTRY’S, MAYBE THE STATES BECAUSE YOUR COUSIN SENT YOU A TAPE OTHER COUNTRY’S DID NOT HAVE IT.

     WAX IS WHAT THEY GOT SMART ASS AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN  TO ALL THE OUTLETS IT GOT TO.

     SUGARHILL LABEL MADE IT HAPPEN WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

     RESPECT DO.

     EVERY RECORD COMPANY IN THE BUSINESS SINCE BEGINNING OF TIME
    RIP PEOPLE OFF FOOL.

     SHE DID IT FIRST COMMERCIALIZE HIP HOP ON WAX SORRY YOU DID NOT DO IT FIRST

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