Kurtis Blow Biography
Kurtis Blow (Kurtis Walker) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker, and minister.
He was the first rapper to be signed by a major label, which was Mercury/PolyGram Records. Also was the first rapper to record a full-length album on a major label in 1979.
Kurtis Blow Age
Blow was born on August 9, 1959, in New York City. He is 61 years of age as of 2020.
Kurtis Blow Height
Blow stands at a height of 1.77m.
Kurtis Blow Family
Blow has not disclosed information about his family.
Kurtis Blow Spouse
Blow has been married to Shirley Stewart since September 1984. They have three children together.
Kurtis Blow Education
Blow attended The City College of New York (CCNY) and later studied communications/film and ministry at Nyack College.
Kurtis Blow Career
Blow became the first rapper to be signed by a major label, Mercury, when he was twenty years old, and released “Christmas Rappin'” in 1979. It became one of the first commercially successful hip-hop songs, selling over 400,000 copies. For the next eleven years, he released ten albums. He was his first release, and Deuce, a Top 40 pop album, was his second. A mix of rap and go-go was featured on Party Time. “8 Million Stories,” “AJ Scratch,” and “Basketball” were among the hits on Ego Trip.
Blow was “born again” in 1994 and got his redemption. On August 16, 2009, he was ordained as a minister. He acts like a rapper, DJ, worship leader, and licensed minister as the founder of The Hip Hop Church in Harlem.
In 2016, Blow was featured in Hip-Hop Evolution, a documentary about the evolution of hip hop. The series, hosted by Shad, a Canadian rapper and broadcaster, explored the evolution of hip-hop music through interviews with some of the genre’s most influential cultural figures. Russell Peters, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, and Nelson George created the show. It received a Peabody Award in 2016 and an International Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming in 2017. Netflix has broadcasted the series.
- Kurtis Blow
- The Best Rapper on the Scene
- Ego Trip
- Kingdom Blow
- Back by Popular Demand
Kurtis Blow Net Worth
Blow has an estimated net worth of around $5 million.
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