As the grandfathers of Hip Hop, the veteran rappers have earned their respect and even talk politics

The Sugar Hill Gang has announced that they are planning to release an album early next year.

The legendary group and pioneers of rap paved the way for Hip Hop with their popular 15 minute hit, “Rapper’s Delight.” The 1979 single, recorded over Chic‘s “Good Times,” launched Hip Hop into the commercial and cultural phenomenon that it is today.

We were the ones who kicked the door in, so everyone else could come in and eat,” member Wonder Mike told LdTV. “Whodini came on the scene, and Kurtis [Blow] was already there so he was getting some love. And Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5…so we really kicked the door for us and these other groups. So we need that respect.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the single, group members Big Bank Hank, Master Gee, and Wonder Mike plan to put out an album next year. They have even confirmed that they will be collaborating with the UK’s own Dizzee Rascal.

In addition to talking about their upcoming musical endeavors, the veteran emcees also had much to say about the 2008 presidential elections.

Change for the better,” says Wonder Mike. “Not the same old politics where you say what’s clever during the election, but when you get into office its like, ‘I didn’t say that…’ That’s why we like [Barack] Obama. Because he keeps it real. Even in his campaign he was complimenting John McCain on his service to the military. He’s ready for change and we’re ready for change.

The Sugar Hill Gang has not confirmed a date nor a title for their next album.

Reported by Salima Koroma