The First Rap Song to Reach Number One
Blondie Live in 1982
Blodie Live in 2014 - Some things are better left alone!!
The first rap song to gain real popularity is "Rapture" by Blondie. It was released in January 1981. It was the second release of their 1980 Album Autoamerican.
It did reach #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
This song was not the first rap song ever it is the first one reach the top 100 on the charts. There were several predecessors but "Rapture" was definitely the first to reach the holy grail of #1.
Many other artist have remixed this song and it has been released in several different versions.
The first official remix was in 1988 in "Once More Into the Beach" then again in 1994 with "The Platinum Collection, Beautiful" and "Remix Remade Remodel".
Several other artist have sampled this song as well.
Notably artist such as:
- Grandmaster Flash - "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"
- Foxy Brown - "I'll Be"
- Wong-G - "Caught up in the Rapture
- KRS One - "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)"
- Kid Gamma - "Bills to Pay"
- Jungle Brothers - "In Days 2 Come"
- Joe Pesci - "Wise Guy"
One of the most noted adaptations on record is when it was fused with The Door "Rider in the Storm" into "Rapture Riders".
It has also been covered by other artist
- Erasure - In 1997
- Nicole -In 2006
With all of the other artist that have used the success of this song in their works it will be a classic for all time and sure to be reused, reworked, remixed and re covered for years to come.
* Source of Information http://wikipedia.org