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Kurtis Blow

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Because the first commercially successful rap artist, Kurtis Blow is really a towering number in hip-hop history. His recognition and charisma helped demonstrate that rap music was something greater than a flash-in-the-pan novelty, paving just how for the sustained improvements of Grandmaster Adobe flash and Run-D.M.C. Blow was the 1st rapper to indication with (and launch an recording for) a significant label; the first ever to have an individual certified platinum (1980’s landmark “The Breaks”); the first ever to go on a nationwide (and worldwide) concert tour; and the first ever to concrete rap’s mainstream marketability by putting your signature on an endorsement offer. For example, he really was the very first significant single rapper on record, and therefore he was an all natural center point for most aspiring youthful MCs in the first times of hip-hop. For everyone his immense importance and impact, a lot of Blow’s information haven’t dated everything that well; his rapping technique, limber because of its period, merely wasn’t as advanced as the more complex MCs who constructed upon his design and implemented him in the graphs. But at his absolute best, Blow epitomizes the virtues from the previous college: ingratiating, strutting party music that catches the exuberance of an art still in its youngsters. Kurtis Blow was created Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959. He was in on the initial levels of hip-hop lifestyle within the ’70s — initial being a breakdancer, after that being a block-party and membership DJ performing beneath the name Kool DJ Kurt; after enrolling at CCNY in 1976, he also offered as program movie director for the faculty radio place. He became an MC in his very own correct around 1977, and transformed his name to Kurtis Blow (such as a body blow) on the recommendation of his supervisor, upcoming Def Jam creator and rap mogul Russell Simmons. Blow performed with renowned DJs like Grandmaster Display, and for a while his regular DJ was Simmons’ teenage sibling Joseph — who, after changing his stage name from “Kid of Kurtis Blow,” would continue to become the very first 1 / 2 of Run-D.M.C. More than 1977-1978, Blow’s membership gigs around Harlem as well as the Bronx produced him an underground feeling, and Billboard newspaper article writer Robert Ford contacted Simmons about producing an archive. Blow trim a music co-written by Ford and financier J.B. Moore known as “Xmas Rappin’,” and it helped him get yourself a cope with Mercury after the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Pleasure” experienced climbed in to the R&B Best Five. Blow’s second solitary, “The Breaks,” was an out-of-the-box smash, pursuing “Rapper’s Pleasure” in to the Best Five from the R&B graph in 1980 and finally going platinum; it still rates as you of older school rap’s very best and most long lasting occasions. The full-length recording Kurtis Blow was also released in 1980, and produced the R&B TOP regardless of many assumptions the Sugarhill Gang’s achievement was a one-time fluke. Even though album’s efforts at spirit crooning and rock and roll addresses haven’t dated well, the poverty-themed “CRISIS” marked possibly the 1st example of hip-hop’s sociable awareness, and was later on included in Run-D.M.C. Blow in the beginning discovered it hard to check out up “The Breaks,” despite liberating nearly an recording a year for some from the ’80s. 1981’s Deuce and 1982’s Difficult weren’t huge retailers, and 1983’s Party Period EP brought D.C. go-go funksters E.U. up to speed for the stylistic update. For this period, Blow was also producing his mark being a producer, dealing with a number of hip-hop and R&B performers; especially, he helmed a lot of the Unwanted fat Boys’ information after assisting them get yourself a record offer. 1984’s Ego Trip marketed respectably well on the effectiveness of cuts just like the DJ tribute “AJ Nothing,” the agreeably light-weight “Golf ball,” as well as the Run-D.M.C. duet “8 Mil Tales.” Blow implemented it with an appearance within the cult hip-hop film Krush Groove, where he performed “EASILY Ruled the planet,” his biggest strike since “The Breaks.” “EASILY Ruled the planet” became the final gasp of Blow’s reputation, as hip-hop’s speedy growth produced his style appear increasingly obsolete. 1985’s America was generally disregarded, and 1986’s Kingdom Blow was afforded an icy reception despite creating a last graph strike, “I’m Chillin’.” Critics savaged his last return attempt, 1988’s Back again by Well-known Demand, nearly invariably directing out that the name, at that time, was not accurate. In its wake, Blow quit the ghost of his documenting career, but discovered different ways to keep carefully the spirit from the older college alive. In the first ’90s, he added rap materials to it cleaning soap opera One Existence to reside, and later on spent many years hosting an old-school hip-hop display on LA radio train station Power 106. In 1997, Rhino Information took benefit of his position like a hip-hop elder statesmen by employing him to create, compile, and create liner records for the three-volume series Kurtis Blow Presents the annals of Rap. Exactly the same calendar year, he was a substantial presence within the rap documentary Rhyme and Cause. Blow’s music in addition has been revived by youthful performers seeking to spend tribute; Nas referenced “EASILY Ruled the planet” on 1996’s IT HAD BEEN Written, and R&B group Following sampled “Xmas Rappin'” because of their 1998 smash “As well Close.” The next 10 years, Blow founded the HIPHOP Church in NY, became an ordained minister, and documented spiritual rap albums using the Trinity.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kurtis Blow
Profession Disc jockey, Actor, Rapper, Pastor, Music Producer, Minister
Education City College of New York, Nyack College
Nationality American
Siblings Joseph Blow
Music Songs The Breaks, Christmas Rappin', Basketball, If I Ruled the World, AJ Scratch, 8 Million Stories, Rappin', I'm Chillin', Throughout Your Years, These Are the Breaks, Rappin Blow, Back by Popular Demand, Daydreamin', Kingdom Blow, All I Want in This World, Street Rock, Way Out West, Christmas Rap, Krush Groovin', Unity Party Jam, Do the Do, Father, Son & Holy Ghost, AJ Is Cool, Reasons for Wanting You, AJ Meets Davy DMX, Starlife, Still on the Scene, America, Fallin’ Back in Love Again, Respect to the King, Xmas Rapping, Baby, You've Got to Go
Albums Ego Trip, The Best Rapper on the Scene, Deuce, Kurtis Blow, Tough, Kingdom Blow, America, The Best of Kurtis Blow, Back by Popular Demand, Champagne Dreams & Purple Clouds, Hip Hop Church Volume 3, Just Do It, Father, Son & Holy Ghost, Party Time?, King Of Rap (Volume 1), Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour, Best Of / 20th Century, Best Of
Movies Rhyme & Reason, In Dark Places, The Power Of Soul, Breaking Out: The Alcatraz Concert, Hip Hop Legends, Kurtis Blow: The Hip Hop Anniversary Tour: Live in Cologne 2008
TV Shows Hip-Hop Evolution


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#Fact
1 Has not released an album since 1988's "Back by Popular Demand".
2 One of the personalities mentioned in the song Genius of Love by Tom Tom Club. The others mentioned were James Brown, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, 'Hamilton Bohannon', Bootsy Collins, and Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly and Robbie) and 'Robert 'Robbie' Shakespeare' (as Sly and Robbie).
3 Changed his name to Kurtis Blow (as in a body blow) at the suggestion of his manager, future rap mogul Russell Simmons.
4 Currently a DJ on Backspin 43, which is the old school hip hop station on the Sirius Satellite Radio service.
5 The first hip hop musician embraced by the mainstream advertising industry with his appearance in a commercial for the soft drink Sprite.
6 He co-wrote songs with The Fat Boys, including their signature songs, "Fat Boys" (1984) and "The Fat Boys Are Back" (1985).
7 He has duet with rock icon Bob Dylan called "Street Rock", which appeared on Blow's 1986 album, Kingdom Blow.
8 In 1980, he opened for reggae legend Bob Marley at the Madison Square Garden where he performed for an audience of 20,000.
9 He was the first rapper to record a full length album on a major label (1979).
10 He began his career in New York City in the mid-1970s, when he was a breakdancer until switching to DJing under the name Kool DJ Kurt and then finally rapping.
11 Was the first hip-hop MC to be signed by a major label, which in this case was Mercury/PolyGram Records.
12 Hip-hop artist


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Goldbergs TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "The Breaks" / writer: "The Breaks"
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary performer: "The Breaks" / writer: "The Breaks"
Dance Central 2 2011 Video Game performer: "The Breaks"
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 performer: "The Breaks" / writer: "The Breaks" - as Kurt Walker
Angel Camouflaged 2010 performer: "I'm Tired" Angel Camouflaged Remix, "Gimme Three Steps"
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Notorious 2009 writer: "The Breaks" - as Kurt Walker
Beautiful Losers 2008 Documentary performer: "The Blow"
Everybody Hates Chris TV Series performer - 4 episodes, 2005 - 2007 writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2007
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game "The Breaks"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: "The Breaks" / writer: "The Breaks"
Like Mike 2002 writer: "Basketball" - as Kurt Walker
Empire 2002 writer: "Games People Play"
Saturday Night Live 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
In Dark Places 1997 performer: "Let's Dance" / writer: "Let's Dance", "I Wanna Freak You"
Soul Food 1997 performer: "The Breaks" / writer: "The Breaks" - as Kurt Walker
The Jerky Boys 1995 performer: "Dial a Jam" / writer: "Dial a Jam" - as Kurt Walker
Knights of the City 1986 performer: "Kurtis Blow Rap"
Krush Groove 1985 lyrics: "If I Ruled The World" / music: "If I Ruled The World", "Pump It Up - Let's Get Funky", "All You Can Eat", "Fat Boys" / performer: "If I Ruled The World", "Krush Groovin'" / writer: "Krush Groovin'" - as K. Blow
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Da Jammies 2015 TV Series Kurtis Flow / Momo's Security #1
California Dreamers 2013 King Kurtis
The Benita Show 2011 TV Series
Kings of Hip Hop: The Founders 2004 Video
In Dark Places 1997 Piano Player

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Slippin': Ten Years with the Bloods 2005 Documentary associate producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Krush Groove 1985 music supervisor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
G-Funk 2016 Documentary filming
Hip Hop Evolution 2016 Documentary Himself
The Power of Soul 2015 Documentary Himself
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Reach Around Radio 2013 TV Series Himself
The Hot 10 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself - Performer
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug 2010 Documentary short Himself - Hip-Hop Icon
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Baisden After Dark 2007 TV Series Himself
The (White) Rapper Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Breaking the Rules 2006 Documentary Himself
Disco: Spinning the Story 2005 Video documentary Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 2005 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Sex 'n' Pop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Il segreto del giaguaro 2000 Himself
Breaking Out: The Alcatraz Concert 1998 Documentary
Soul Train 1980-1997 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest
Rhyme & Reason 1997 Documentary Himself
The Show 1995 Documentary Himself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Square One Television 1987 TV Series Himself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself
Knights of the City 1986 Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
Krush Groove 1985 Himself
New York, New York 1981 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Like Mike (2002) · Shad Moss (Performer)
· James B. Moor (Writer)
· Fabolous (Performer)
· Jermaine Dupri (Performer)
· Full Force (Writers)
· James Barlow (Writer)
· Robert Ford (Writer)
· Shirley Walker (Writer)
· William Waring (Writer)
1989 Kids' Choice Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Singer/Group · The Fat Boys (music group)
· Mark Morales (artist)
· Damon Wimbley (artist)
· Darren Robinson (artist)
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song Krush Groove (1985) · Damon Wimbley (as The Fat Boys)
· Darren Robinson (as The Fat Boys)
· Mark Morales (as The Fat Boys)


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