Kurtis Blow

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Kurtis Walker
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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”.
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Albums

SRM-1-3854, 6337 137 Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow (Album) Mercury, Mercury SRM-1-3854, 6337 137 US 1980 Sell This Version
3854 Kurtis Blow - Throughout Your Years / Christmas Rappin’ / The Breaks album art Kurtis Blow Throughout Your Years / Christmas Rappin’ / The Breaks(LP, TP) SRM 3854 US 1980 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4020, 6337 178 Kurtis Blow - Deuce album art Kurtis Blow Deuce (Album) Mercury SRM-1-4020, 6337 178 US 1981 Sell This Version
M4X-1-505 Kurtis Blow - Tough album art Kurtis Blow Tough (Album) Mercury M4X-1-505 US 1982 Sell This Version
422-812 757-1 M-1 Kurtis Blow - Party Time? album art Kurtis Blow Party Time? (Album, EP) Mercury, Mercury 422-812 757-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
822 420-1 Kurtis Blow - Ego Trip album art Kurtis Blow Ego Trip (Album) Mercury, Mercury 822 420-1 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
JABH 16 Kurtis Blow - America album art Kurtis Blow America (Album) Mercury JABH 16 UK 1985 Sell This Version
830 215-1 Kurtis Blow - Kingdom Blow album art Kurtis Blow Kingdom Blow (Album) Mercury 830 215-1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
834 692-4 Kurtis Blow - Back By Popular Demand album art Kurtis Blow Back By Popular Demand (Album) Mercury 834 692-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
GR-44482 Kurtis Blow - Urban Gypsys album art Urban Gypsys , Featuring Louie Love, Kurtis Blow , Guest Artist Michael Quatro Urban Gypsys , Featuring Louie Love, Kurtis Blow , Guest Artist Michael Quatro - Urban Gypsys(CD, Album) Gypsy Rock Records, Quatrophonic Records GR-44482 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Kurtis Blow - Just Do It album art Kurtis Blow And The Trinity (9) Kurtis Blow And The Trinity (9) - Just Do It(CD, Album) B4 Entertainment none US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6167 904 Kurtis Blow - Rappin' Blow album art Kurtis Blow Rappin' Blow (Single, Maxi) Mercury 6167 904 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
none Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Christmas Rappin' (Single, Maxi) Mercury none US 1979 Sell This Version
MK 162 Kurtis Blow - Hard Times album art Kurtis Blow Hard Times Mercury MK 162 US 1980 Sell This Version
76083 DJ Kurtis Blow - Throughout Your Years album art Kurtis Blow Throughout Your Years (Maxi, Single) Mercury 76083 DJ US 1980 Sell This Version
6167 964 Kurtis Blow - The Breaks album art Kurtis Blow The Breaks (Single, Maxi) Mercury, Mercury 6167 964 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
AS 5000 578 Kurtis Blow - The Show / The Breaks (Vocal) album art Steve Hackett / Kurtis Blow Steve Hackett / Kurtis Blow - The Show / The Breaks (Vocal)(7", Promo) Charisma, Mercury AS 5000 578 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
6837 700 Kurtis Blow - It's Gettin' Hot album art Kurtis Blow It's Gettin' Hot (Single) Mercury 6837 700 France 1981 Sell This Version
76112 DJ Kurtis Blow - Starlife / Way Out West album art Kurtis Blow Starlife / Way Out West (Single, Maxi) Mercury 76112 DJ US 1981 Sell This Version
SNP107 Kurtis Blow - That Old Song / It`s Getting Hot  (Disco Sampler) album art Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio* / Kurtis Blow Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio* / Kurtis Blow - That Old Song / It`s Getting Hot (Disco Sampler)(12", Maxi, Promo, Smplr) Arista Records, Inc. SNP107 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
6170149 Kurtis Blow - Hace Calor album art Kurtis Blow Hace Calor(7", Single) Mercury 6170149 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
6170 155 Kurtis Blow - Do The Do   album art Kurtis Blow Do The Do (7", Single) Mercury 6170 155 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
76194 Kurtis Blow - Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin' Mercury 76194 US 1982 Sell This Version
MDS-4020 Kurtis Blow - Tough album art Kurtis Blow Tough (Single) Mercury MDS-4020 US 1982 Sell This Version
76170 Kurtis Blow - Tough album art Kurtis Blow Tough(7", Single) Mercury 76170 US 1982 Sell This Version