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Legendary record producer Sylvia Robinson has passed away at age 75, in a hospital in New Jersey.

Robinson played a seminal role in bringing hip-hop music into the mainstream, while forming The Sugarhill Gang, and releasing their hit, “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979.

She had passed Thursday morning at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, family spokesman Greg Walker told the website, Sister 2 Sister.

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