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Saturday, 18 January 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " KURTIS BLOW " AS THE FIRST COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL RAP ARTIST - HE IS A TOWERING FIGURE IN HIP-HOP HISTORY : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959. He was in on the earliest stages of hip-hop culture in the '70s -- first as a break dancer, then as a block-party and club DJ performing under the name Kool DJ Kurt; after enrolling at CCNY in 1976, he also served as program director for the college radio station. He became an MC in his own right around 1977, and changed his name to Kurtis Blow (as in a body blow) at the suggestion of his manager, future Def Jam founder and rap mogul Russell Simmons. Blow performed with legendary DJs like Grand master Flash, and for a time his regular DJ was Simmons' teenage brother Joseph -- who, after changing his stage name from "Son of Kurtis Blow," would go on to become the first half of Run-D.M.C. Over 1977-1978, Blow's club gigs around Harlem and the Bronx made him an underground sensation, and Billboard magazine writer Robert Ford approached Simmons about making a record. Blow cut a song co-written by Ford and financier J.B. Moore called "Christmas Rappin'," and it helped him get a deal with Mercury once the Sugar hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" had climbed into the R&B Top Five.