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This week back in 1980, "Rapper's Delight," by the Sugarhill Gang, became the first top 40 rap hit ever. Learn about the song's intrepid producer and its bizarre origins, and then order up this future hit at the bar:
MY DELIGHT, as mixed for us by Moses Laboy at Red Rooster in Harlem, not far from Sugarhill:
Add to a cocktail shaker:
2 oz. Cognac
1 oz. Cinnamon-infused simple syrup
1 tsp. apple butter
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
2 splashes of Dutch's Colonial cocktail bitters
Shake while dancing to the rhythm of the boogie. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a dehydrated pineapple for a little tropical fun. Drink a drop, then hippie to the hip hop...and then drink the rest.
The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA."