Interview with Kurtis Blow, Iconic Rapper, Songwriter and Producer
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
150 Mass Ave, Media Center
moderated by Prince Charles Alexander, Professor, MPE
As one of the founders 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. Join us as multi-Grammy award winning engineer Prince Charles Alexander moderates a discussion on hip-hop and Kurtis's career as an artist.
Kurtis is responsible for many firsts in hip-hop.
First rapper to sign to a major label.
First gold record for rap (“The Breaks”).
First rapper to tour US and 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 millionaire.
Hip Hop Roots (Resources at the library)