Jackson, pictured between Master Gee and Wonder Mike in 2005, was born in New York in 1957 Big Bank Hank, the New York rapper who, as part of the Sugarhill Gang, released what is generally regarded as the first rap record, has died at the age of 57. The performer, real name Henry Jackson, died from kidney complications due to cancer, according to reports. Jackson formed the Sugarhill Gang with Master Gee and Wonder Mic, having a big hit in 1979 with Rapper's Delight. The record sold several million copies worldwide and helped establish rap as the genre it is today. The full version of Rapper's Delight ran nearly 16 minutes long and was recorded in a single take. The song - famous for its "hip, hip, a hop" refrain - featured 'Big Bank' introducing himself as "six foot one and tons of fun".