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The original members of pioneering hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang perform live at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Canadian premiere of this new documentary chronicling their thirty-year battle against the record label that swindled them.
Legendary rap group The Sugarhill Gang changed the face of the music industry with their iconic 1979 release "Rapper's Delight," which brought hip-hop to the mainstream and remains to this day the biggest-selling single in hip-hop history. However, in one of the biggest swindles in music history (which is saying something), the platinum-selling group not only had their profits and publishing rights stolen from them by their mob-financed label Sugar Hill Records, but their names as well: the label took founding members Wonder Mike and Master Gee's names off of recordings that they wrote and performed, and even trademarked the group name — and Wonder Mike and Master Gee's own stage names — by providing false documents. Featuring testimony from fellow artists, music-industry insiders, fans, music journalists and the original members of The Sugarhill Gang themselves, I Want My Name Back chronicles Wonder Mike and Master Gee's thirty-year battle with Sugar Hill Records to reclaim their rights and recognition as hip-hop pioneers.
TIFF in partnership with ReelTunes proudly present the Canadian premiere of I Want My Name Back, introduced by TIFF Co-Director Cameron Bailey. Following the screening, Canada's foremost expert on hip hop culture, Dalton Higgins, will welcome director Roger Paradiso, producer Josh Green and the original members of The Sugarhill Gang to the stage for a Q&A session, preceded by a live performance.