As the first rapper to sign with a major label and embark on national and international tours, Kurtis Blow was the first rap superstar and as such derves more credit than any other rapper for bringing hip-hop to the masses.
Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker in Harlem in 1959. In 1972, he first entered the hip-hop scene as a B-boy and shortly after as a DJ, adopting the moniker "Kool DJ Kurt." In 1976, he enrolled at City College of New York where he found work at the college's radio station as program director. In 1977, he changed his name to Kurtis Blow. During that time he befriended fellow future rap superstars Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Russell Simmons. Simmons became Blow's manager and his younger brother... Read More