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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in hip-hop's old school era -- roughly 1978-1982 -- albums were the exception and not the rule. Hip-hop became a lot more album-minded with the rise of its second generation Run-D.M.C., Whodini, the Fat Boys, among others around 1983-1984, but in the beginning, many MCs recorded nothing but singles. Two exceptions were the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow, whose self-titled debut album of 1980 was among hip-hop's first LPs and was the first rap album to come out on a major label. Thus, Kurtis Blow has serious historic value, although it is mildly uneven. Some of the tracks are superb, including "The Breaks" a Top Five R&B smash in 1980 and "Rappin' Blow, Part ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in hip-hop's old school era -- roughly 1978-1982 -- albums were the exception and not the rule. Hip-hop became a lot more album-minded with the rise of its second generation Run-D.M.C., Whodini, the Fat Boys, among others around 1983-1984, but in the beginning, many MCs recorded nothing but singles. Two exceptions were the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow, whose self-titled debut album of 1980 was among hip-hop's first LPs and was the first rap album to come out on a major label. Thus, Kurtis Blow has serious historic value, although it is mildly uneven. Some of the tracks are superb, including "The Breaks" a Top Five R&B smash in 1980 and "Rappin' Blow, Part Two," which is the second half of Blow's 1979 debut single, "Christmas Rappin'." And "Hard Times" is a forceful gem that finds Blow addressing social issues two years before Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five popularized sociopolitical rapping with 1982's sobering "The Message." Some of the other tracks, however, are decent but not remarkable. Switching from rapping to singing, Blow detours into Northern soul on the Chi-Lites-influenced ballad "All I Want in This World Is to Find That Girl" and arena rock on an unexpected cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business." While those selections are likable and kind of interesting -- how many other old school rappers attempted to sing soul, let alone arena rock? -- the fact remains that rapping, not singing, is Blow's strong point. And Mercury really screwed up by providing only the second half of "Christmas Rappin'"; that landmark single should have been heard in its entirety. But despite its flaws and shortcomings, Kurtis Blow is an important album that hip-hop historians should make a point of hearing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 731455820027
  • Catalog Number: 558200
  • Sales rank: 30,347

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurtis Blow Primary Artist, Rap
John Tropea Guitar
Onaje Allan Gumbs Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Jimmy Bralower Drums, Tom-Tom
Wayne Garfield Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez Guitar
Denzil Miller Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
David Reeves Spoken Word
J.B. Moore Guitar, fender rhodes
Adam White Voices
Larry Smith Background Vocals
Dean Swenson Guitar
William Waring Background Vocals
Craig Short Bass, Bass Guitar
Tommy Wouk Bass, Bass Guitar
Adam White Spoken Word
Jamie Delgado Conga, Timbales
Robert Kondor Synthesizer
Rocky Ford Background Vocals
Richard Pascal Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Kurtis Blow Composer, Contributor
Sudana Bobatoon Contributor
Robert Ford Jr. Composer, Producer
Rod Hui Engineer
Russell Simmons Composer
Roger Trilling Contributor
J.B. Moore Arranger, Composer, Producer
Adam White Introduction
Sandy Williams Contributor
Jerome Mack Contributor
Larry Smith Arranger, Composer
Mark Weinberg Package Redesign
Esther Wooten Contributor
Patricia Johnston Contributor
Kevin Pinnock Contributor
Michael Rubenstein Management
Sheila Spencer Contributor
Gayle Stewart Contributor
Vincent Davis Contributor
Robert Kondor Programming
Roddy Hui Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Takin' me back to break dancing and graffitti

    Kurtis Blow was another first for Hip Hop he was the first "big" rap star. He was the first to surpass gold not yet getting to platinum but because people in Kansas did not yet know about Hip Hop in it's true form aside from Sugarhill. This album contains his greatest hit "The Brakes" because it was a hit and a great lyrical record for it's time.

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