Kurtis Blow

INNOVATOR & ORIGINATOR

           

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