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Kurtis Blow

voc, tim, *1959 US, The Bronx
Singer / Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Kurtis Walker

Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and minister. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. "The Breaks", a single from his 1980 self-titled debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song for Hip Hop. Throughout his career he has released 15 albums and is currently an ordained minister.In 1979, at the age of twenty, Kurtis Blow became the first rapper to be signed by a major label, Mercury, which released "Christmas Rappin'". It sold over 500,000 copies, becoming one of the first commercially successful hip hop singles. Its follow-up, "The Breaks", also sold over half a million copies. He released ten albums over the next eleven years. His first album was Kurtis Blow, while his second was the Top 50 pop album Deuce. Party Time featured a fusion of rap and go-go. Ego Trip included the hits: "8 Million Stories", "AJ Scratch", and "Basketball". His 1985 album, America, garnered praise for its title track's music video. From this album, the song "If I Ruled the World" became a Top 5 hit on Billboard's R&B chart. By 1983, he moved into production. Besides his own work, Kurtis has been responsible for hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC. Run began his career billed as 'The Son of Kurtis Blow'. Lovebug Starski, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons and Wyclef Jean all have been produced by, or collaborated with, Walker. Former label mates René & Angela had their R&B chart topping debut "Save Your Love (For #1)" was gift rapped by Kurtis. Along with Dexter Scott King, Walker produced his most meaningful production "King Holiday", a song to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, released in January 1986. He performed as an actor and in music coordination in several feature films including Leon Kennedy’s ”Knights of the City” and the hip hop film ”Krush Groove”. He was host and co-producer for ”Das Leben Amerikanischer Gangs” (1995), an international film production focusing on the West Coast gang scene. As host and associate producer for Miramax’s ”Rhyme and Reason”, he gave an informative account of the status of hip hop, while he participated in the three volume record release ”The History Of Rap” for Rhino Records in 1998. Kurtis also co produced “Slippin, Ten Years With The Bloods” and won praises from Showtime for being the most viewed documentary in 2003. Kurtis was recently a producer for the Netflix Show “The Get Down”.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Timbales
  • Keyboards
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • R&B/Soul
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
The Breaks on Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
Basketball on The Best Of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
Christmas Rappin' on Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
The Breaks (Re-Recorded / Remastered) on The Breaks by Kurtis Blow
If I Ruled The World on The Best Of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
If I Ruled The World on 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
Throughout Your Years on Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
Tough on The Best Of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
AJ Scratch on The Best Of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow
Hard Times on Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Far Far Away (Stumix)DJ Donotask Ft. Kurtis Blow2014Album
Don't StopNhan Solo & Ferry Ultra Feat. Kurtis Blow2014Single
In The Name Of LoveMephisto featuring Kurtis Blow2010Single
The Breaks RemixesKurtis Blow2009Album
Hip Hop Anniversary Europe TourKurtis Blow / Sugarhill Gang / Grandmaster Melle Mel2009Album
Hip Hop Anniversary Europe TourKurtis Blow2008Album
Just Do ItKurtis Blow And The Trinity2008Album
The Breaks 2004Kurtis Blow2004Album
Rydym / The BreaksPure Science / Kurtis Blow2001Album
The Urban GypsysUrban Gypsys, Kurtis Blow, Michael Quatro1999Album
Go NY Go! 1999 New York All-StarsJesse Jaymes, Kurtis Blow1999Single
Urban GyypsiesUrban Gypsys1999Album
The BreaksKurtis Blow1998Single
Presents The History Of Rap, Vol. 2: The Birth Of The Rap RecordKurtis Blow1997Compil.
Presents The History Of Rap, Vol. 1: The GenesisKurtis Blow1997Compil.
Presents The History Of Rap, Vol. 3: The Golden AgeKurtis Blow1997Compil.
I Want Some HolidaySonic Boom Feat. Kurtis Blow1995Single
Freak Rock Till The BreakadawnKurtis Blow1995Album
The Message Live In N.Y.C.Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash1995Album
The Breaks '94Kurtis Blow1994Single
The Best Of Kurtis BlowKurtis Blow1994Compil.
Calling YouPower Nation Featuring Kurtis Blow1994Single
Chillin' At The SpotKurtis Blow1994Album
The Breaks / The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of SteelKurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1991Single
Best Of ....Rappin'Kurtis Blow1990Compil.
80's Old Rap (Medley) / Rap Story (Medley)Kurtis Blow1989Album
Only The Strong Survive / Still On The SceneKurtis Blow1988Album
Express YourselfKurtis Blow1988Album
The Best Of Kurtis BlowKurtis Blow1988Compil.
Back By Popular DemandKurtis Blow1988Album
Back By Popular DemandKurtis Blow1988Album
Street RockKurtis Blow1986Album
Kingdom BlowKurtis Blow1986Album
I'm Chillin'Kurtis Blow1986Album
The BronxKurtis Blow1986Album
Disco Promocional Mix InvendavelMai Tai / René & Angela / Kurtis Blow / Cameo1985Compil.
If I Ruled The WorldKurtis Blow1985Album
AmericaKurtis Blow1985Album
AJ Is CoolKurtis Blow1985Album
AmericaKurtis Blow1985Album
Under FireKurtis Blow1984Single
Heaven's On Fire / 8 Million StoriesKiss / Kurtis Blow1984Album
Ego TripKurtis Blow1984Album
Basketball / It's The GameKurtis Blow / Ralph MacDonald1984Album
Ego TripKurtis Blow1984Single
8 Million Stories / AJ ScratchKurtis Blow1984Album
Party TimeKurtis Blow1983Album
Christmas Rappin' / NervousKurtis Blow1983Single
NervousKurtis Blow1983Album
Break To RapKurtis Blow1983Compil.
Kurtis Blow, The Best Rapper On The SceneKurtis Blow1983Compil.
Party Time?Kurtis Blow1983Album
ToughKurtis Blow1982Album
ToughKurtis Blow1982Album
Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin'Kurtis Blow1982Single
That Old Song / It`s Getting Hot (Disco Sampler)Raydio / Kurtis Blow1981Single
Do The Do / The DeuceKurtis Blow1981Single
Los Frenos (The Breaks)Kurtis Blow1981Single
DeuceKurtis Blow1981Album
Starlife / Way Out WestKurtis Blow1981Album
It's Gettin' HotKurtis Blow1981Single
Hard TimesKurtis Blow1980Single
The BreaksKurtis Blow1980Single
The Show / The Breaks (Vocal)Steve Hackett / Kurtis Blow1980Single
Kurtis BlowKurtis Blow1980Album
Throughout Your YearsKurtis Blow1980Single
The Breaks / Christmas Rappin' (Part 2)Kurtis Blow1979Single
Rappin' BlowKurtis Blow1979Album
Christmas Rappin'Kurtis Blow1979Album
Throughout Your Years / Rappin' Blow (Part 2)Kurtis BlowSingle
greatest hitsKurtis BlowCompil.
Volume 22Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Kurtis Blow / Positive ForceCompil.
The Sum Of The SoundDJ Donotask 'N Kurtis BlowSingle
Remix Pieter (Outland)Kurtis BlowAlbum
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