Kurtis Blow

Vero nome:
Kurtis Walker
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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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Albums

Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow album art Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1980 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Deuce album art Kurtis Blow Deuce (Album) Mercury US 1981 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Tough album art Kurtis Blow Tough (Album) Mercury US 1982 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Party Time? album art Kurtis Blow Party Time? (Album, EP) Mercury, Mercury US 1983 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Ego Trip album art Kurtis Blow Ego Trip (Album) Mercury, Mercury Brazil 1984 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - America album art Kurtis Blow America (Album) Mercury UK 1985 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Kingdom Blow album art Kurtis Blow Kingdom Blow (Album) Mercury Netherlands 1986 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Back By Popular Demand album art Kurtis Blow Back By Popular Demand (Album) Mercury US 1988 Vendi questa versione
GR-44482 Kurtis Blow - Urban Gyypsies 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 Gyypsies(CD, Album) Gypsy Rock Records, Quatrophonic Records GR-44482 Hong Kong 1999 Vendi questa versione
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 Vendi questa versione

Singles & EPs

Kurtis Blow - Rappin' Blow album art Kurtis Blow Rappin' Blow (Single, Maxi) Mercury Netherlands 1979 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Christmas Rappin' (Single, Maxi) Mercury US 1979 Vendi questa versione
MDS 4009 Kurtis Blow - Rappin' Blow album art Kurtis Blow Rappin' Blow(7", Single, Promo) Mercury MDS 4009 US 1979 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Throughout Your Years album art Kurtis Blow Throughout Your Years (Single, Maxi) Mercury US 1980 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks album art Kurtis Blow The Breaks (Single, Maxi) Mercury, Mercury Netherlands 1980 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Hard Times album art Kurtis Blow Hard Times Mercury US 1980 Vendi questa versione
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 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Starlife / Way Out West album art Kurtis Blow Starlife / Way Out West (Single, Maxi) Mercury US 1981 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - It's Gettin' Hot album art Kurtis Blow It's Gettin' Hot (Single) Mercury France 1981 Vendi questa versione
F-MER 6170021.4 Kurtis Blow - A Traves De Tus Años Parte 1 / A Traves De Tus Años Parte 2 album art Kurtis Blow A Traves De Tus Años Parte 1 / A Traves De Tus Años Parte 2(7", Single) Mercury F-MER 6170021.4 Peru 1981 Vendi questa versione
6170101 Kurtis Blow - Los Frenos (The Breaks) album art Kurtis Blow Los Frenos (The Breaks)(7", Single, Mono) Mercury 6170101 Argentina 1981 Vendi questa versione
6170 155 Kurtis Blow - Do The Do / The Deuce album art Kurtis Blow Do The Do / The Deuce(7") Mercury 6170 155 Brazil 1981 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Tough album art Kurtis Blow Tough (Single) Mercury US 1982 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin' album art Kurtis Blow Daydreamin' / Christmas Rappin' Mercury US 1982 Vendi questa versione
Kurtis Blow - Party Time album art Kurtis Blow Party Time (Single, Maxi) Mercury US 1983 Vendi questa versione