Kurtis Blow

The earliest days of Hip-Hop's beautifully complex history is filled with many transcendent and important songs that are among the first official Hip-Hop tracks to be released. During an interview with DJ Vlad, Kurtis Blow articulates how he became the first Hip-Hop artist to be signed to a major record label and how his first single "Christmas Rappin" is actually the fourth ever Hip-Hop song to be officially released. Among those first three songs are King Tim III's song, "Personality Jock", Sugarhill Gang's, "Rappers Delight" and Spoonie G's, "Spoonin' Rap" track. 

Kurt Walker who is known as, "Kurtis Blow" is the legendary MC who landed a record deal with the UK record label known as, "Mercury Records" at the age of nineteen via the help of his friend and Hip-Hop godfather, "Russell Simmons". In 1979, Kurtis would release his first single in, "Christmas Rappin" that would sell over 500,000 copies and would be followed up with the iconic single, 'The Breaks" that would become the first gold-certified selling single in Hip-Hop history. Due to Kurtis being the first Hip-Hop artist to be signed to a major label, he would also be the first Hip-Hop artist to perform overseas and the first to execute the conventional promotional process for newly signed record label artists (which included daily interviews and shows respectively).

Since 1980, Kurtis Blow would release eight solo albums over the next 10 years that included his impressive solo debut album, "Kurtis Blow" and "Deuce" along with rap and go-go fused EP "Party-Time" and "Ego Trip" that bolstered one of Hip-Hop's most iconic songs by Kurtis in, "Basketball"

We encourage you to check out some of best music below and a great interview with Kurtis Blow about the birth of Hip-Hop here! 

Kurtis Blow - The Breaks

Kurtis Blow - If I Ruled The World

Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rapping (Live)