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Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow
Country:United States
Website:http://hiphopministry.com
email:KBlow@hiphopchurch.org
Info:Kurtis Blow, born on August 9, 1959 in Harlem, New York, is one of the founders and creators of recorded rap.

First Rapper
In 1979, at the age of twenty, Kurtis Blow became the first Rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released Christmas Rappin, and it sold over 400,000 copies and it became an annual classic. It's gold follow-up The Breaks (1980) helped ignite a still spreading international Rap Attack.

Albums
He released 10 Albums over 11 years. The first entitled Kurtis Blow, his full length debut and his second, a Top 50 Pop Album Deuce (1981), a big hit across Europe; Party Time (EP - 1983) which featured a pioneering fusion of Rap and GoGo; Ego Trip (1984), which includes the hits 8 Million Stories, AJ, and Basketball and in 1985, America. America's video innovation received a MTV Monitor Award.

Singles
From this album, the song If I Ruled the World became a top 5 hit on Billboards R & B chart. Columbia/Sony recording artist Nas debuted at number 1 on the Billboards Pop Album chart with a cover of the song in 1997. He was honored to coordinate King Holiday, along with Dexter Scott King, a song to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday. The Mercury/Polygram single co-produced by Kurtis Blow includes the collaborative efforts of Whitney Houston, New Edition, Stephanie Mills, El Debarge, James JT Taylor of Kool & the Gang, The Fat Boys and Run DMC among others. It has become an annual Holiday Classic.

Production
Besides his own work, Kurtis has been responsible for Rap hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC. Run began his career billed as The son of Kurtis Blow. Love Bug Starski, Sweet Gee, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons and Wyclef Jean all have been produced or have worked with Blow in the past. Additionally former label mates Rene & Angela had their chart topping debut Save Your Love for number 1 gift wrapped by Kurtis Blow.

Acting
Kurtis Blow's acting performances and music coordination in several movies including Leon Kennedys Cry of the City and the hit film Krush Groove has won him continual praise.
The New York Daily News called his cinematic works Noteworthy, A Dynamic Presence.

Movies
As host and co-producer for Das Leben Amerikanischer Gangs an international film production's focus on the West Coast gang scene, Kurtis Blow crossed international waters for inner city justice (1995). As host and associate producer for "Rhyme and Reason a Miramax film, KB gives an informative account of the present status of HipHop (1998). "The History Of Rap" Produced and written by Kurtis.

Racism
Kurtis Blow speaks out emphatically against racism. His raps, with cinematic sensibilities, open the world's eyes and ears to inner city truth as much as they celebrate the purer pleasure of modern living.

Apartheid
He was also an active participant in the blistering Artist Against Apartheid Record Sun City. Kurtis Blow speaks out emphatically against Alcohol and Drugs. Kurtis' innate ability to reach people is also evident in his selection as spokesperson for The National Ad Counsel.

No Drugs
He is an integral part of its youth campaign and can be seen and heard in print, radio and television nationwide as the first to Say No To Drugs. He has also been involved with Phoenix House of California, a substance abuse organization with Black community emphasis.

Radio
In 1995 Kurtis Blow started working on-air in radio. Power 106 the number 1 CHR. Radio station in Southern California had Kurtis Blow on-air Sunday nights with The Old School Show, a highly rated specialty show that features Blow playing the hits from the past. The show was rated number 1 for 4 years.
Kurtis Blow is now working for Sirius Satellite Radio on the Classic Old School Hip Hop station Backspin 43.

Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame
In 1996 Kurtis Blow was featured in a Hip Hop display at the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. The display still stands. In 1998 the group Next released Too Close, in which the music of Christmas Rap was sampled for the number 1 pop songs background track. Too Close was the longest running number 1 song of 1998 for Billboards Pop Chart.

Awards
ASCAP honored Blow and Next at a gala affair on May 26, 1999.

Awards: Holy Hip Hop
Kurtis Blow received the Ambassador Award at the 2009 Holy Hip Hop Awards Honorees ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on January 17th, 2009.

Support The Troops
In 2002 after 9/11, Kurtis went overseas to the Middle East to tour the Armed Forces Bases for 17 shows to bring a little bit of back home to the troops stationed there. The tour consisted of shows in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Krgystan, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman It was a tour I will never forget, Blow says, I did the Bob Hope thing.

Acknowledgements
Here are many of the firsts credited to Kurtis Blow:
First rapper to sign to a Major label.
First certified gold record for rap (The Breaks).
First rapper to tour US & Europe (with The Commodores, 1980).
First rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite).
First rapper to use the drum machine, sample & sample loop.
First rap music video (Basketball).
First rap producer (Rap's producer of the year in 1983, 1985).
First rapper featured in a soap opera (One Life to Live).
First rap millionaire Kurtis Blow helped legitimize Hip Hop, and now, he intends to help redeem it.

Jesus
Having made a deep commitment to the ways and teachings of Jesus Christ, Kurtis has began attending Ministry classes at NYACK College Class of 2009.

Hip Hop Church
As co-founder of the Hip Hop Church, Kurtis serves as rapper, DJ and worship leader. Don't get it twisted, God has always existed, says Kurtis, and in terms of these young people out here who love God but do not like to go to church, only Hip Hop can bring them back to the church.

Community
Kurtis Blow opened the site HipHopMinistry.com in October 2006. HipHopMinistry.com is a global portal which serves as an online music hub for Kurtis Blow Ministries alliance with Holy Hip Hop Music, where MCs can submit music for consideration to be a part of future album releases. The community can listen to tracks, and have fellowship.

Ordained
Kurtis Blow Walker is ordained on Sunday April 8th, 2007, so he is an official Minister and Reverend.

Label
The label Music Ministry Recordings is announced in September 2006 as Kurtis' new label, in collaboration with Holy Hip Hop (Atlanta) they will enter an exclusive distribution deal with EMI Gospel, to produce, distribute and market Music Ministry Recordings new albums.

Featured
A new release headlining Kurtis Blow is announced for 2007. The title was "Kurtis Blow presents : Tha Block Iz Hot", but would become "Kurtis Blow Presents Hip Hop Ministry".
Canton Jones and hip hop pioneer Christopher "Play" Martin have confirmed to serve as associate producers on the CD release.

Singles
After his last album "Back By Popular Demand" released in 1988 Kurtis Blow released his first holy hip hop single entitled Crunk Wit' It on November 15th, 2006 as part of the trio The Trinity. The crew consists of Kurtis Blow, Chris Flow & Ricky B.

Sources: En.wikipedia.org

Release:Kurtis Blow Presents Hip Hop Ministry
Kurtis Blow Presents Hip Hop Ministry
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2007
Recordlabel:Music Ministry Recordings
Info:The album is released on May 8th, 2007.
Associate Producers: Canton Jones and Christopher 'Play' Martin.
Album Artwork Design by Caleb Kinney.

1. Crunk Wit It - The Trinity
2. Got Christ? - Messenja
3. Soldier Stance - Da Fam
4. Kingdom Affiliate - Tha Gim
5. Heaven - Twyse
6. Best In Me - Mr. Del
7. We Don't Care - Platinum Souls
8. Real Recognize Real - Tha Gim
9. Doom - Toe Joe
10. Christian Anthem - Toe Joe
11. Sexual Immorality - Noah
12. Come Back Home - Ricky B
13. Dancin & Movin - Ramona Jones
14. To My Sisters - Dre Marshall
15. Jesus Is Coming - Samantha Coleman
16. Mean Muggin - Vic
17. Word On The Streets - Canton Jones
18. The Big Picture - Prophecy
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