Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

Real Name:
Kurtis Walker
Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959
The first rapper to sign with a major record label, was instrumental in bringing rap from the underground to the masses. He began to immerse himself in the newborn hip-hop culture in the early '70s; in 1976, he enrolled at City College of New York, where he became program director at the college's radio station. During his college years, Blow fell in with a group of friends, acquaintances and collaborators that would become the core of early-'80s hip-hop. Blow worked with, among others, Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons and Mele Mel. After college, Blow embarked on his music career with Simmons as his manager and Simmons's younger brother Joey (who was once called 'son of Kurtis Blow' and was later known as Run) working the turntables. In 1979, Blow recorded "Christmas Rapping," a novelty single co-written by Billboard columnist Rocky Ford. The song was a hit, landing Blow a contract with Mercury Records. Later that year, Blow released his landmark "The Breaks," included on Blow's self-titled debut. The record was a major success both within the hip-hop community and outside, with certified gold sales. It earned Blow a place in the pantheon of influential early rappers. Blow's early success was followed by a dry period in the early '80s, when his Deuce and Tough albums failed to dent the charts. However, things picked up in 1984 with the release of the Ego Trip album, which featured the single "Basketball." The next year, Blow made his film debut in Krush Groove. Blow's production work for artists such as Sweet G was also getting notice: He was named Producer of the Year in New York for three consecutive years (1983-85). However, Blow's career took a significant downturn thereafter. His 1986 album, 'Kingdom Blow', was a commercial and critical flop, as was 1988's misnamed 'Back by Popular Demand'. As his recording career wound down, Blow expanded his production work and became one of the first rappers to infiltrate mainstream television, appearing in commercials for Sprite in 1986 and writing rap segments for the soap opera "One Life to Live" in 1991-92.

Kurtis Blow Discography


SRM-1-3854 Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3854 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4020 Kurtis Blow Deuce (Album) Mercury SRM-1-4020 US 1981 Sell This Version
MX-1-505 Kurtis Blow Tough (Album) Mercury MX-1-505 US 1982 Sell This Version
814 964-1 Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow, The Best Rapper On The Scene (Album) Mercury, Mercury 814 964-1 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
0518 Kurtis Blow Party Time? (Album, EP) Mercury, Mercury 0518 US 1983 Sell This Version
822 420-1 Kurtis Blow Ego Trip (Album) Mercury, Mercury 822 420-1 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
JABH 16 Kurtis Blow America (Album) Mercury JABH 16 UK 1985 Sell This Version
830 215-1 Kurtis Blow Kingdom Blow (Album) Mercury 830 215-1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
422 834 692-1 Kurtis Blow Back By Popular Demand (Album) Mercury 422 834 692-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
P 910163 Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash - The Message Live In N.Y.C.(CD, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash) P 910163 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
GR-44482 Urban Gypsys , Featuring Louie Love, Kurtis Blow , Guest Artist Michael Quatro Urban Gypsys , Featuring Louie Love, Kurtis Blow , Guest Artist Michael Quatro - Urban Gyypsies(CD, Album) Gypsy Rock Records, Quatrophonic Records GR-44482 Hong Kong 1999 Sell This Version
none 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
822 283 Kurtis Blow The Best Rapper In Town(12", MiniAlbum) Mercury 822 283 France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6167 904 Kurtis Blow Rappin' Blow (Single, Maxi) Mercury 6167 904 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
DJ-562 (MDS-4009) Kurtis Blow Christmas Rappin' (Single, Maxi) Mercury DJ-562 (MDS-4009) US 1979 Sell This Version
76083 DJ Kurtis Blow Throughout Your Years (Single, Maxi) Mercury 76083 DJ US 1980 Sell This Version
61 67 941 Kurtis Blow The Breaks (Single, Maxi) Mercury 61 67 941 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
MK 162 Kurtis Blow Hard Times Mercury MK 162 US 1980 Sell This Version
AS 5000 578 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
76112 Kurtis Blow Starlife / Way Out West (Single, Maxi) Mercury 76112 US 1981 Sell This Version
6837 700 Kurtis Blow It's Gettin' Hot Mercury 6837 700 France 1981 Sell This Version
6170 108 Kurtis Blow Starlife(7", Single) Mercury, Phonogram GmbH 6170 108 Austria 1981 Sell This Version
6170 155 Kurtis Blow Do The Do / The Deuce(7") Mercury 6170 155 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
76170 DJ Kurtis Blow Tough (Single) Mercury 76170 DJ US 1982 Sell This Version
76194 Kurtis Blow Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin' Mercury 76194 US 1982 Sell This Version