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|Kurtis Blow, born on August 9, 1959 in Harlem, New York, is
one of the founders and creators of recorded rap.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ASCAP honored Blow and Next at a gala affair on May 26,
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
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,
First rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite).
First rapper to use the drum machine, sample & sample
First rap music video (Basketball).
First rap producer (Rap's producer of the year in 1983,
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.
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.
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.
Kurtis Blow Walker is ordained on Sunday April 8th, 2007, so
he is an official Minister and Reverend.
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.
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
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.
|Kurtis Blow Presents Hip Hop Ministry
|Music Ministry Recordings
|The album is released on May 8th, 2007.
Associate Producers: Canton Jones and Christopher 'Play'
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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