The first hip hop recording is widely regarded to be The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight", from 1979. However, much controversy surrounds this assertion as some regard "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by The Fatback Band, which was released a few weeks before "Rapper's Delight", as a rap record. There are various other claimants for the title of first hip hop record...To note 1979 MIC-STRO 12 inch SINLGE released on Ware records features RADIANCE the band and Legendary Harlem/Bronx emcee DJ RC LaROCK ,this single still is the longest rhyme flow recorded to date..is a huge hit ,Philadelphia favorite yet NY never played it..can be heard on you-tube
Despite the genre's growing popularity, Philadelphia was, for many years, the only city whose contributions could be compared to New York City's. Hip hop music became popular in Philadelphia in the late 1970s. The first released record was titled "Rhythm Talk", by Jocko Henderson.
The New York Times had dubbed Philadelphia the "Graffiti Capital of the World" in 1971. Philadelphia native DJ Lady B recorded "To the Beat Y'All" in 1979, and became the first female solo hip hop artist to record music.Schoolly D, starting in 1984 and also from Philadelphia, began creating a style that would later be known as gangsta rap.