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Kurtis Blow Biography
Kurtis Walker, 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.
Kurtis Blow Age
Kurtis is 59 years old as of 2018. He was born on 9 August 1959 in New York City, New York, United States.
Kurtis Blow Son
Joseph Ward Simmons, the son of Kurtis Blow, is better known by the stage name Run, Rev. Run or DJ Run, is a musician, rapper and actor. Simmons is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister, known as Reverend Run.
Besides his own work, he has been responsible for Rap hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC. Run began his career billed as “The son of Blow.” Love Bug Starski, Sweet Gee, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons, and Wyclef Jean all have been produced or have worked with Blow in the past. He has been married to Shirley Stewart since September 2, 1984. They have three children.
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Kurtis Blow The Breaks
“The Breaks” is a 1980 single by Kurtis from his self-titled debut album. It peaked at on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first certified gold rap song and the second certified gold 12 inch single in the history of music. In 2008, the song ranked on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.
Kurtis Blow Basketball
“Basketball” is a song that was written by William Waring, Robert Ford, Kurtis, J. B. Moore, Jimmy Bralower, and Full Force and recorded by him released in 1984 from his album Ego Trip. It was later covered by Lil’ Bow Wow in 2002, featuring Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous, and Fundisha for the Like Mike soundtrack. Music video for the original Kurtis Blow version was produced and directed by Michael Oblowitz in New York City in 1984. The song was used in the opening video, and as part of the soundtrack, in the video game NBA 2K12.
In 2016, the song was played during an episode of The Goldbergs entitled “Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?”. Kurtis Blow also recorded a new version of the song with lyrics about the game Dungeons & Dragons for the episode.
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Kurtis Blow Songs
- Kurtis Blow (1980, Mercury)
- Deuce (1981, Mercury)
- Tough (1982, Mercury)
- The Best Rapper on the Scene (1983, Mercury)
- Ego Trip (1984, Mercury)
- America (1985, Mercury)
- Kingdom Blow (1986, Mercury)
- Back by Popular Demand (1988, Mercury)
- Kurtis Blow Presents: Hip Hop Ministry (2007, EMI Gospel)
- Just Do It (2008, Krush Groove/Trinity/B4 Ent.) (with The Trinity)
- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (2009, Krush Groove/Trinity/B4 Ent.) (with The Trinity)
- 30th Anniversary of The Breaks CD (2010, Krush Records)
- The Breaks (1986, Polygram)
- The Best of Kurtis Blow (1994, Mercury)
- Best of… Rappin’ (2002, Spectrum Music)
- 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kurtis Blow (2003, Mercury)
Singles and EPs
- “Christmas Rappin'” (1979, Mercury MDS-4009)
- “The Breaks” (1980, Mercury MDS 4010)
- Tough EP (1982, Mercury)
- “Party Time?” (1983, Mercury)
- “Nervous” (1983, Mercury)
- “Ego Trip” (1984, Mercury)
- “Basketball” (1984, Mercury)
- “The Bronx” (1986, Mercury)
- “Back by Popular Demand” (1988, Mercury)
- “Chillin’ at the Spot” (1994, Public Attack)
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Kurtis Blow Party Time
Party Time? is an LP by rapper Blow, released in 1983 on Mercury Records. The title track and the song “Got to Dance” were both party-themed, but the other songs struck a sociopolitical tone.