A new docuseries brings the first family of hip hip to television screens early in the new year.
Bravo Media will air First Family of Hip Hop, a series on the Robinsons, who rose to fame in the 1970s with Sugarhill Records and The Sugarhill Gang. The hip hop group were known mostly for the 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The series, which airs on Jan. 15 in the 9 p.m. slot ET/PT, takes viewers into a multi-generational world of the Robinson family, whose matriarch Sylvia was credited as the “Mother of Hip Hop” for launching a mainstream appreciation of rap.
The series focuses on the challenge of passing on the torch to the next generation, and seeing their struggles with building a profitable business in a world with plenty of label competition.
The series is produced by Left/Right and Mad Fusion. Exec producers on First Family of Hip Hop are Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, and Anneka Jones for Left/Right and Danielle Medina for Mad Fusion. Ashley M. Buie and Glenda N. Cox, respectively, are executive producer and co-executive producer for Bravo.
Family members on the show include Leland Robinson, Sr., Lea Robinson, Darnell Robinson, Rhondo Robinson, Jr., Antonio Jordan, Shannell “Lady Luck” Jones, Somaya Reece, Eseni Ellington and Leland Robinson, Jr.