Hip-hop has just suffered a loss.
TMZ reports that Big Bank Hank of the legendary hip-hop group Sugar Hill Gang has passed away. Hank, born Henry Jackson, died early Tuesday morning (Nov. 11th) in New York City after battling cancer.
His fellow group members Master Gee and Wonder Mike expressed their grief to TMZ.
"So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."
Hank was 57-years-old.
The Sugar Hill Gang released hip-hop's first mainstream hit "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, which went on to sell 10 million copies.