On This Day: Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow, whose real name is Kurtis Walker, is a prominent figure in the music industry, recognized as a pioneering rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born on August 9, 1959, in Harlem, New York, Kurtis Blow was one of the first rappers to sign with a major label in the late 1970s. His influence in the world of hip-hop is undeniable, having blazed a trail for future generations of artists.

As a rapper, Kurtis Blow’s contribution to hip-hop culture is matchless. His debut album, Kurtis Blow, released in 1980, made him an international star. It featured the hit single “The Breaks”, which became the first certified gold record rap song. As a singer and songwriter, he used his music to discuss social issues and express the energy and spirit of the streets, thereby setting a foundation for future artists.

In addition to his music career, Kurtis Blow has also ventured into acting and is an ordained minister. His multi-faceted career has solidified his status as a cultural icon and his influence continues to resonate within the industry. Kurtis Blow remains a testament to resilience and the enduring power of music and his legacy continues to inspire and motivate aspiring musicians across the globe.

Curated by Jennifer