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Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me: Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson

Artist, songwriter, producer, record label owner, and CEO: the original hip-hop mogul. 

Sylvia Robinson laid the foundation for rap to flourish into the most lucrative music genre today. More on 

Black-and-white photo of Sylvia Robinson sitting at piano.Sheet music for "Love Is Strange" as performed by Mickey and Sylvia. Words and music by Mickey Baker and Ethel Smith.

Image (r) from Dale and Jeanne Ketchum Sheet Music Collection


All of our books pertaining to Sylvia Robinson can be found here


All of our audio by Sylvia Robinson can be found here.

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Archival Resources

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Rock's Backpages Articles

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Influence & Legacy

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