Born Henry Jackson and better known by his stage names of "Big Bank Hank" and "Imp the Dimp," this New York rapper joined a hip-hop group called The Sugarhill Gang that, in 1979, released the first hit rap single in history: "Rapper's Delight."
He earned an associate's degree in oceanography and later managed a pizza restaurant.
His music contains numerous references to the Superman comic books.
He grew up in New York City's Bronx borough. His daughter Shataramarie Jackson is a singer.
Hip-hop artist Sylvia Robinson discovered Big Bank Hank and produced his Top 40 hit "Rapper's Delight."