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Blow Kurtis

Blow (Kurtis)   (Germany)

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Added : 28/07/2005
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Kurtis Blow
Deuce
Kurtis Blow, The Best Rapper On The Scene
Tough
Break To Rap
Party Time?
Ego Trip
Rapper In Town
America
Kingdom Blow
Back By Popular Demand
The Best Of Kurtis Blow
Best Of... Rappin'
The Best Of Kurtis Blow
Live In NYC
The Best Of Kurtis Blow (re-release)
Christmas Rappin'
Rappin'
Hard Times
The Breaks
Throughout Your Years
It's Gettin' Hot
Starlife / Way Out West
Tough
Nervous
Party Time
8 Million Stories
AJ Is Cool
Basketball
Under Fire / AJ Scratch
America
If I Ruled The World
I'm Chillin'
Back By Popular Demand
Only The Strong Survive / Still On The Scene
The Breaks '94
Chillin' At The Spot/We The People
Christmas Rappin '95
Freak Rock Till the Break of Dawn
The Breaks ('98 Remixes)
The Breaks 2004
Axel F
Calling You
I Wanna Be Your Love
Follow Me
I Want Some Holiday
In The Name Of Love
Wake Up
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Kurtis Blow albums

Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow 1980
Deuce Deuce 1981
Kurtis Blow, The Best Rapper On The Scene Kurtis Blow, The Best Rapper On The Scene 1982
Tough Tough 1982
Break To Rap Break To Rap 1983
Party Time? Party Time? 1984
Ego Trip Ego Trip 1984
Rapper In Town Rapper In Town 1984
America America 1985
Kingdom Blow Kingdom Blow 1986
Back By Popular Demand Back By Popular Demand 1988
The Best Of Kurtis Blow The Best Of Kurtis Blow 1989
Best Of... Rappin' Best Of... Rappin' 1990
The Best Of Kurtis Blow The Best Of Kurtis Blow 1994
Live In NYC Live In NYC 1995
The Best Of Kurtis Blow (re-release) The Best Of Kurtis Blow (re-release) 2003

 

Kurtis Blow singles

Christmas Rappin' Christmas Rappin' 1979  
Rappin' Rappin' 1979  
Hard Times Hard Times 1980  
The Breaks The Breaks 1980  
Throughout Your Years Throughout Your Years 1980  
It's Gettin' Hot It's Gettin' Hot 1981  
Starlife / Way Out West Starlife / Way Out West 1981  
Tough Tough 1982  
Nervous Nervous 1983  
Party Time Party Time 1983  
8 Million Stories 8 Million Stories 1984  
AJ Is Cool AJ Is Cool 1984  
Basketball Basketball 1984  
Under Fire / AJ Scratch Under Fire / AJ Scratch 1984  
America America 1985  
If I Ruled The World If I Ruled The World 1985  
I'm Chillin' I'm Chillin' 1986  
Back By Popular Demand Back By Popular Demand 1988  
Only The Strong Survive / Still On The Scene Only The Strong Survive / Still On The Scene 1988  
The Breaks '94 The Breaks '94 1994  
Chillin' At The Spot/We The People Chillin' At The Spot/We The People 1994  
Christmas Rappin '95 Christmas Rappin '95 1995  
Freak Rock Till the Break of Dawn Freak Rock Till the Break of Dawn 1995  
The Breaks ('98 Remixes) The Breaks ('98 Remixes) 1998  
The Breaks 2004 The Breaks 2004 2004  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Axel F Techno Cop - Axel F 1992  
Calling You Power Nation - Calling You 13th May 1994  
I Wanna Be Your Love 4 NF - I Wanna Be Your Love 1995  
Follow Me Silent Running - Follow Me 1995  
I Want Some Holiday Sonic Boom - I Want Some Holiday 13th Jun 1995  
In The Name Of Love Mephisto - In The Name Of Love 4th Oct 2010  
Wake Up Hitfinders - Wake Up 27th Nov 2010  

Songwriting

In The Name Of Love Mephisto - In The Name Of Love 4th Oct 2010  

 



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Kurtis Blow biography

Real Name: Kurtis Walker.

As the first commercially successful rap artist, Kurtis Blow is a towering figure in hip-hop history. Popular and charismatic, he was the first rapper to sign with (and release an album for) a major label; the first to have a single certified gold (1980's landmark The Breaks); the first to embark on a national (and international) concert tour; and the first to cement rap's mainstream marketability by signing an endorsement deal. For that matter, he was really the first significant solo rapper on record. For all his immense importance and influence, many of Blow's records haven't dated all that well.

Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959. He began to immerse himself in the newborn hip-hop culture in the early '70s : breakdance, block-party and club DJ performing (as Kool DJ Kurt)... After enrolling at City College of New York in 1976, he also served as program director for the college radio station. He became an MC in his own right around 1977, and changed his name to Kurtis Blow (as in a body blow) at the suggestion of his manager, future Def Jam founder and rap mogul Russell Simmons. Blow performed with legendary DJs like Grandmaster Flash, and for a time his regular DJ was Simmons' teenage brother Joseph or Joey (who, after changing his stage name from "Son of Kurtis Blow," would later become the first half of Run-D.M.C). Over 1977-1978, Blow's club gigs around Harlem and the Bronx made him an underground sensation, and Billboard magazine writer Robert Ford approached Simmons about making a record. Blow recorded a single co-written by Rocky Ford and J.B. Moore called Christmas Rappin'. It was a hit and it helped him get a contract with Mercury.

Blow's second single, The Breaks, was an out-of-the-box smash, entering the Top Five of the R&B charts in 1980 and eventually going gold. It is still considered as one of old school rap's greatest and most enduring moments. The full-length album Kurtis Blow was also released in 1980, and made the R&B Top Ten in spite of many assumptions that the Sugarhill Gang's success was a one-time fluke. Although the album's attempts at soul crooning and rock covers haven't dated well, the poverty-themed Hard Times marked perhaps the first instance of hip-hop's social consciousness, and was later covered by Run-D.M.C. Blow initially found it hard to follow up The Breaks, despite releasing nearly an album a year for most of the '80s. 1981's Deuce and 1982's Tough weren't huge sellers, and 1983's Party Time EP brought D.C. go-go funksters E.U. on board for a stylistic update. However, things picked up in 1984 with the release of the Ego Trip album, which featured the single Basketball. Around this time, Blow was also making his mark as a producer, working with a variety of hip-hop and R&B artists. Ego Trip sold respectably well on the strength of cuts like the DJ tribute AJ Scratch and the Run-D.M.C. duet 8 Million Stories. Blow followed it with an appearance in the cult hip-hop film Krush Groove, in which he performed If I Ruled the World, his biggest hit since The Breaks.

If I Ruled the World proved to be the last gasp of Blow's popularity, as hip-hop's rapid growth made his style seem increasingly outdated. 1985's America was largely ignored, and 1986's Kingdom Blow was afforded an icy reception despite producing a final chart hit, I'm Chillin'. Critics savaged his final comeback attempt, 1988's Back by Popular Demand, almost invariably pointing out that the title, at that point, was not true. In its wake, Blow gave up the ghost of his recording career, but found other ways to keep the spirit of the old school alive. He appeared in commercials for Sprite in 1986. In the early '90s, he contributed rap material to the TV soap opera One Life to Live, and later spent several years hosting an old-school hip-hop show on Los Angeles radio station Power 106.

During the 90s, he was rapper for many eurodance projects : he appeared in Power Nation - Calling You, Sonic Boom - I Want Some Holiday and Open Your Mind Techno Cop - Axel F (1994 remix), 4 N.F. - I Wanna Be Your Love, Silent Running - Follow Me.

In 1997, Rhino Records took advantage of his status as a hip-hop elder statesmen by hiring him to produce, compile, and write liner notes for the three-volume series Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap. The same year, he was a significant presence in the rap documentary Rhyme and Reason. Blow's music has also been revived by younger artists seeking to pay tribute; Nas covered If I Rule the World on 1996's It Was Written, and R&B group Next sampled Christmas Rappin' for their 1998 smash Too Close.

2006 : Kurtis Blow is an active member of the Hip Hop Church concept, already nominated for two 2006 Tiffany Gospel Awards. Their mission is to present the Christian gospel in a setting that appeals to both those individuals who are confessed Christians as well as those who are considered unchurched...

Thanks to Necronomic
Steve Huey, All Music Guide
Kurtis Blow at Discogs

Kurtis Blow biography was last updated Sat, January 13th 2018



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