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Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

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Kurtis Blow and Afrika Islam (1998)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 September 1998

The pioneering DJ talks about inspirations like Pete DJ Jones; about being a B-Boy; attending Kool Herc parties; starting out as an MC and the rise of rap... until he gets into a shouting match with Afrika Islam. Beef!

File format: mp3; file size: 25mb, interview length: 27' 18" sound quality: ****

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Kurtis Blow: Rumble In The (Concrete) Jungle!

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Blues & Soul, 29 January 1980

A Blow by Blow account... ...

The Commodores, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Kurtis Blow: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 4 October 1980

Cross-over cupboard love ...

Kurtis Blow: Blow by Blow

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 11 October 1980

MY STORY — BY KURTIS BLOWAs rapped to Richard Grabel ...

Kurtis Blow Takes The Rap

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 January 1981

ASK KURTIS BLOW about 'Another One Bites the Dust' and his reply is quick and to the point. "That's my 'Christmas Rappin''." ...

Kurtis Blow Raps His Way To The Top

Report and Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, 5 March 1981

The sound of the streets hits the heartland. ...

Rap, Rap, Rapping At Top 10’s Door: Kurtis Blow and Company

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 1981

Twas the night before Christmas and allthrough the house...Hold it, hold it. That’s PLAYED OUT.Don’t give me all that jiveAbout things you wrote before I ...

A B-Boy's Progress

Profile by Carol Cooper, The Village Voice, 6 September 1983

WHEN RAP WAS first struggling out of the youth-center playgrounds and into big-time notoriety, Kurtis Blow was there. ...

Kurtis Blow: America (Mercury)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986


LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow: Krush Groove Party, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 18 January 1986

RUSH PRODUCTIONS, an organization with the best intentions, conceived this event to be a celebration of the success of the film Krush Groove and of the consolidation ...

Kurtis Blow: A Blow-By-Blow Guide To Rapping

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 5 April 1986

At the ripe old age of 25, KURTIS BLOW is the Godfather of Rap. Here, he takes Frank Owen through his personal step-by-step guide to ...

Kurtis Blow: The Super-Ego Rules, From The Bronx To Kingdom Blow

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 1 November 1986

In short, Kurtis Blow thinks an awful lot of himself. An awful lot. His new LP is called Kingdom Blow. The line-up on it includes ...

Kurtis Blow: Kurt's Kingdom

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 8 November 1986


Kurtis Blow on 'The Breaks', the evolution of sampling, and 'Sun City'

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 4 October 2003

KURTIS BLOW gets a lot more airplay these days than he did in the '80s. That's because back in the day – when the long-term ...


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