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August 9, 1959 (64)

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Kurtis Blow is a pioneering American rapper and producer, known for being one of the first commercially successful rappers and the first to sign with a major record label. His career, spanning several decades, has been marked by numerous groundbreaking moments and collaborations, making him a significant figure in the history of hip hop.

Blow’s career took off with the release of “Christmas Rappin'” in 1979, which sold over 500,000 copies. It was his 1980 single “The Breaks” that became the first certified gold record rap song for a hip hop single. His influence extended beyond these early hits, with albums like “Kurtis Blow” and “Deuce” being significant contributions to the genre. His role in the 1985 film “Krush Groove” and his participation in the hip hop collective Harlem World Crew further cemented his status in both music and film.

Collaboration has been a cornerstone of Blow’s career. He has worked with a wide array of artists, including The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., and The Furious Five. His production work for The Fat Boys on their self-titled album is notable. He has also collaborated with Lovebug Starski, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons, Wyclef Jean, and DJ Run.

Blow was awarded the Peace and Unity Award for his efforts in promoting peace and unity through his music. His influence was further acknowledged when he became an ordained minister, using his platform to positively impact communities. His role as a spokesperson for the National Diabetes Association and his involvement in various youth empowerment programs showcase his commitment to societal betterment.