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Name: Kurtis Blow  
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Date of Birth: 9th August 1959
Place of Birth: Harlem, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Kurtis Blow (born Kurtis Walker August 9, 1959) is one of the pioneer rappers in the recording industry and hip hop's first mainstream star. "The Breaks" (1979) is one of hip hop's undisputed classics, with its catchy disco tune and rapping style. Blow was influenced by DJ Hollywood.

Blow began his career in New York City in the mid-1970s, when he was a breakdancer until switching to DJing and then rapping. He was the first rapper to record a full length album on a major label (1980). This occurred after recording "Christmas Rappin", his first single; during this time, "Rappers Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang became the first hit for hip hop. The whole field was derided as a fad, though, and thus there was much resistance to signing Blow.

He has appeared in the feature films Krush Groove and The Show. Bob Dylan appeared on Kurtis Blow's 1986 album Kingdom Blow.


  • 1980 Kurtis Blow (Mercury)
  • 1981 Deuce
  • 1982 Tough
  • 1983 Party Time (EP)
  • 1984 Ego Trip
    • features "Basketball" and "If I Ruled The World" as well as an appearance by Run DMC
  • 1984 Rapper in Town
  • 1985 America
  • 1986 Kingdom Blow
  • 1988 Back by Popular Demand

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