'Mother of Hip-Hop'

Sylvia Robinson -- Dead at 75

9/29/2011 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sylvia Robinson
Sylvia Robinson -- who produced the first mainstream hip-hop hit "Rapper's Delight" -- died this morning of congestive heart failure.

Robinson is widely regarded as the "Mother of Hip-Hop" -- producing groundbreaking hits “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five ... and "Rapper's Delight" with the Sugar Hill Gang.

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Robinson also had success as a recording artist -- singing the hits "Pillow Talk" and "Love is Strange".

She was 75.