Hip-Hop Ta Holy
Known throughout the world for being one of the founders and creators of rap music, hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow, is making moves to raise up an entire new generation of MCs into a new genre -- Holy Hip Hop.
Once again, Kurtis Blow is about to take the world by storm. This time, with his Holy Hip-Hop, “Tha Block Iz Hot” national tour.
Known throughout the world for being one of the founders and creators of rap music, hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow is making moves to raise up an entire new generation of MCs into a new genre -- Holy Hip Hop.
Holy Hip-Hop has been getting the attention of the masses since its inception, circa 1997. The mission is to take the Gospel to the Streets through the global proliferation of the Spiritually-Enlightening Holy Hip Hop Ministry -- Music & Entertainment Glorifying Christ.
The youth of today will undoubtedly support and pay homage to God by turning out in record numbers to experience the live performances brought on by “Tha Block Iz Hot” national tour. This initial tour package, designed by Krush Films, is expected to be the first installment in a series of similar packages that will be presented worldwide.
“Tha Block Iz Hot” national tour roster consists of Kurtis Blow and the Trinity, Canton Jones, Ifeanyi, Noah, Tha Gim, Samantha Coleman, and Young Praiser.
About Kurtis Blow*
Kurtis Blow, the first rapper to sign with a major record label, was instrumental in bringing rap from the underground to the masses. Born in Harlem, NYC, he began to immerse himself in the newborn hip-hop culture in the early '70s. In 1976, he enrolled at City College of New York, where he became Program Director at the college's radio station. During his college years, Blow fell in with a group of friends, acquaintances and collaborators that would become the core of early-'80s hip-hop. Blow worked with, among others, Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons and Mele Mel. After college, Blow embarked on his music career with Simmons as his manager and Simmons's younger brother Joey (who was once called 'son of Kurtis Blow' and was later known as Run) working the turntables. In 1979, Blow recorded "Christmas Rapping," a novelty single co-written by Billboard columnist Rocky Ford. The song was a hit, landing Blow a contract with Mercury Records. Later that year, Blow released his landmark "The Breaks," included on Blow's self-titled debut. The record was a major success both within the hip-hop community and outside, with certified gold sales. It earned Blow a place in the pantheon of influential early rappers.
Blow's early success was followed by a dry period in the early '80s, when his Deuce and Tough albums failed to dent the charts. However, things picked up in 1984 with the release of the Ego Trip album, which featured the single "Basketball." The next year, Blow made his film debut in Krush Groove.
Blow's production work for artists such as Sweet G was also getting notice: He was named Producer of the Year in New York for three consecutive years (1983-85).
Blow expanded his production work and became one of the first rappers to infiltrate mainstream television, appearing in commercials for Sprite in 1986 and writing rap segments for the soap opera "One Life to Live" in 1991-92.
*Bio credit: Discogs.com
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