Kurtis Blow

American rapper

Kurtis Blow (born Kurtis Walker; August 9, 1959)[1] is an American rapper. He sang many major songs, like "Christmas Rappin'" and "The Breaks". In 1980, "The Breaks" was the first rap single that was certified gold.

Kurtis in 2012

He was born in The Bronx, New York City.

In 1979, he was the first rapper signed to Mercury Records.

Discography change

Studio albums change

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B
/HH

[3]
Kurtis Blow 71 10
Deuce
  • Released: June 15, 1981
  • Label: Mercury (US),
    Polygram (EU)
  • Formats: LP, Cassette
137 35
Tough 167 38
The Best Rapper on the Scene
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD (re-issue), LP
Ego Trip
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Mercury/Polydor
  • Formats: LP, Cassette
83 18
America
  • Released: October, 1985
  • Label: Mercury (US),
    Club (UK)
  • Formats: LP, Cassette
153 18
Kingdom Blow
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Mercury/Polygram (US),
    Club (UK)
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
196 16
Back by Popular Demand
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
84
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other albums change

  • Kurtis Blow Presents: Hip Hop Ministry (2007, EMI Gospel)
  • Just Do It (2008, Krush Groove/Trinity/B4 Ent.) (with The Trinity)
  • Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (2009, Krush Groove/Trinity/B4 Ent.) (with The Trinity)
  • 30th Anniversary of The Breaks CD (2010, Krush Records)

Compilation albums change

  • The Breaks (1986, Polygram)
  • The Best of Kurtis Blow (1994, Mercury)
  • Best of... Rappin' (2002, Spectrum Music)
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kurtis Blow (2003, Mercury)

Singles and EPs change

Year Song Peak chart positions
US Dance
[4]
US R&B
[4]
US 100
[4]
UK
[5]
1979 "Christmas Rappin'" 52 30
1980 "The Breaks" 9 4 87 47
"Throughout Your Years" 75 31
1981 "Hard Times" 75
1982 "Tough" 37
1983 "Party Time?" 39 35 67
"Nervous"
1984 "8 Million Stories" 45
"Ego Trip"
"Basketball" 29 71
1985 "America" 74
"If I Ruled the World" 25 16 24
1986 "I'm Chillin'" 20 64
"The Bronx"
1988 "Back by Popular Demand"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References change

  1. "Kurtis Blow". All Music. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  2. "Kurtis Blow Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  3. "Kurtis Blow Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Kurtis Blow Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  5. "KURTIS BLOW - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 December 2020.