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Kurtis Blow

Kurt Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper and record producer. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. "The Breaks", a single from his 1980 debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song. In 1979, aged twenty, Kurtis Blow became the first rapper to be signed by a major label, Mercury, which released "Christmas Rappin'". It sold over 400,000 copies. Its follow-up, "The Breaks", sold over half a million copies. He was also the first rapper to perform overseas. He released ten albums over the next eleven years. His first album was Kurtis Blow, while his second was the Top 50 pop album Deuce. Party Time featured a fusion of rap and go-go. Ego Trip included the hits: "8 Million Stories," "AJ Scratch," and "Basketball". His 1985 album, America, garnered praise for its title track's music video. From this album, the song "If I Ruled the World" became a Top 5 hit on Billboard's R&B chart. In 1996, fellow rapper Nas debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover version of the song. Besides his own work, Kurtis has been responsible for hits by The Fat

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52-Year-Old Kurtis Blow -- UNREAL Breakdancing Moves [VIDEO]

52-Year-Old Kurtis Blow
UNREAL Breakdancing Moves ... On Tape!

It's been 30 years since he released "The Breaks," but 52-year-old Kurtis Blow can STILL bust out some of the nastiest moves ever ... and TMZ has obtained the incredible footage.Kurtis -- joined… READ MORE >

Kurtis Blow Busted for Weed After LAX Body Scan

Kurtis Blow Busted for Weed After LAX Body Scan

TMZ has learned ... legendary rapper Kurtis Blow was busted at LAX this morning after a TSA body scanner detected an item in his pocket ... a stash of weed.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the… READ MORE >

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