"I'm not runnin' for Congress or the President...
I'm just here to tell the world how my story went."
Innovator & originator
As one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop, Kurtis Blow has been lighting up stages since 1979. Kurtis was just 20 years old when he signed Rap's first record deal, igniting a movement that now dominates popular culture.
First Rapper to sign to a Major label
First Gold Record for Rap (“The Breaks”)
First Rapper to tour US & Europe (w/ The Commodores, 1980)
First Rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite)
First Rapper to use the drum machine, sample & sample loop
First Rap music video (“Basketball”)
First Rap producer (Rap's producer of the year in 1983‑85)
First Rapper featured in a soap opera (“One Life to Live”)
First rap millionaire
winter 2018 Tour // The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Check out Kurtis on tour this Winter with The Hip-Hop Nutcracker - a Holiday Hit for the entire family. The productions is a unique remix of Tchaikovsky’s classic merged with Hip-Hop music and breakdance, all hosted by the legend himself. See below for dates and tickets - The Hip-Hop Nutcracker is coming to a theatre near you!