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Big Bank Hank, one of the founding members of New York’s The Sugarhill Gang and hip-hop pioneer, died Tuesday after kidney complications following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 57.

Hank, real name Henry Jackson along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee scored hip-hop’s first Top 40 hit with “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. The song has gone on to be interpolated and remixed into many other hip-hop tracks, making the group not only legends but pioneers.

“So sad to hear of our brother’s passing,” the remaining members of the group said in a statement. “Rest in peace Big Bank.”