NJ.com reports that Joseph Robinson, Jr., son of Sugar Hill Records founders Sylvia and Joseph Robinson Sr., died at his home in Tenafly on July 11th. The 53-year-old had been battling Cancer.
Sugar Hill Records ushered hip-hop into the mainstream with the recording and release of “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. Robinson and his two younger brothers, Rhondo and Leland eventually took over the imprint from their parents in the 1980s.
“We did a lot of work together,” rapper Melle Mel told NorthJersey.com, who had known the Robinson family for years. “It’s very unfortunate. … He was a fairly young guy. He had all the bells and whistles of life and he can’t continue enjoying it. … He knew how to keep talented people around him, so that’s why he was successful. He was a good businessman.”
His father Joseph Sr. died in 2000 and his mother passed on September 29, 2011 at the age of 75 due to heart failure. His brother Rhondo died in February 2014 at age 43 of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and Big Bank Hank died of cancer at age 57 last November.