Kurtis Walker

Real Name:
Kurtis Walker
Profile:
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.
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Instruments & Performance

Kurtis Walker - House Rocker album art Lovebug Starski Amityville (The House On The Hill) (as Kurt Walker) Lovebug Starski - House Rocker (Album) Epic UK 1986 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

6167 904 Kurtis Walker - Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow - Rappin'(7", Single) Mercury 6167 904 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - Christmas Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin' (Single) Mercury US 1979 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - The Breaks album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow - The Breaks (Single, Maxi) Mercury, Mercury US 1980 Sell This Version
AS 5000 578 Kurtis Walker - The Show / The Breaks (Vocal) album art Steve Hackett / Kurtis Blow The Breaks (Vocal) (as Walker) Steve Hackett / Kurtis Blow - The Show / The Breaks (Vocal)(7", Promo) Charisma, Mercury AS 5000 578 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
6840079, 6840 079, 6162 Kurtis Walker - Disco Top Hits Vol. 2 album art Various Los Frenos = The Breaks (as K. Walker) Various - Disco Top Hits Vol. 2(LP, Comp, Mixed) Polystar (3), Polystar (3), Polystar (3) 6840079, 6840 079, 6162 Argentina 1980 Sell This Version
6868 Kurtis Walker - 17 Top Hits 1982 album art Various Hace Calor (It's Gettin' Hot) Various - 17 Top Hits 1982(LP, Comp) Polystar (3) 6868 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
NE 1324 Kurtis Walker - Rap It Up album art Various The Breaks (as K Walker) Various - Rap It Up(LP, Comp) K-Tel NE 1324 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - Max Mix 6 album art Various The Breaks (as K. Walker) Various - Max Mix 6 (Comp) Max Music, Max Music Spain 1988 Sell This Version
GIG 222 153 Kurtis Walker - Christmas Pop Songs album art Various Christmas Rappin' (as Walker) Various - Christmas Pop Songs(LP, Comp) GiG Records GIG 222 153 Austria 1989 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - 100 Dance Hits Of The Eighties album art Various The Breaks (as Walker) Various - 100 Dance Hits Of The Eighties Connoisseur Collection UK 1990 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - Best Of ....Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Rappin' (as Walker) Kurtis Blow - Best Of ....Rappin' (Comp) Mercury Europe 1990 Sell This Version
SPEC-1588 Kurtis Walker - The Breaks / The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel album art Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The Breaks (as K. Walker) Kurtis Blow / Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Breaks / The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel(12", Single) Unidisc SPEC-1588 USA & Canada 1991 Sell This Version
COL 468516 2, 468516 2 Kurtis Walker - Dance Explosion - 50 Disco Hits From The 70's album art Various Rappin' (as Walker) Various - Dance Explosion - 50 Disco Hits From The 70's(3xCD, Comp, In ) Columbia, TV Shop COL 468516 2, 468516 2 Scandinavia 1991 Sell This Version
CD 501004, 28968 1004 2 Kurtis Walker - Mo' Money (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work and 1 more… Various - Mo' Money (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Club) Perspective Records, Perspective Records CD 501004, 28968 1004 2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
855 691-2 Kurtis Walker - Calling You album art Power Nation (2) Featuring Kurtis Blow Power Nation (2) Featuring Kurtis Blow - Calling You(CD, Maxi) Polydor 855 691-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
THCD4510 Kurtis Walker - Old School Rap Volume 1 album art Various The Breaks (as K. Walker) Various - Old School Rap Volume 1(CD, Comp) Thump Records THCD4510 US 1994 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - The Breaks '94 album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow - The Breaks '94 (Maxi, Single) ZYX Music France 1994 Sell This Version
REC 921.353-2 Kurtis Walker - Total Dance The Remakers Part 2 album art Various The Breaks '94 (as K. Walker) Various - Total Dance The Remakers Part 2(CD, Comp) Record Express REC 921.353-2 Hungary 1994 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - Operation Stackola album art Luniz Plead Guilty (as Kurt Walker) Luniz - Operation Stackola (Album) Noo Trybe Records, C-Note Records Japan 1995 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - It Was Written album art Nas If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) (as K. Walker) Nas - It Was Written (Album) Columbia, Columbia France 1996 Sell This Version
0088135MRO Kurtis Walker - Ultimate Mix (We Funk This Party Out) album art The Pioneers (4) The Pioneers (4) - Ultimate Mix (We Funk This Party Out)(CD, Single, Enh) Marlboro Music 0088135MRO Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Kurtis Walker - If I Ruled The World album art Nas If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) (Main Mix) (as K. Walker) Nas - If I Ruled The World (Single) Columbia UK 1996 Sell This Version
REL 486672 2, 486672 2 Kurtis Walker - Can You Feel Me album art Dru Down Can You Feel Me Dru Down - Can You Feel Me(CD, Album) Relativity, Relativity, C-Note Records, C-Note Records, Epic, C-Note Records REL 486672 2, 486672 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CLUBPROM 2 Kurtis Walker - Clubtools DJ Promo Vol. 2 album art Various Ultimate Mix (We Funk This Party Out) (Polyester Mix) (as K. Walker) Various - Clubtools DJ Promo Vol. 2(CD, Comp, Promo) Club Tools CLUBPROM 2 Scandinavia 1996 Sell This Version