Induct Kurtis Blow into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020
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The year 2019 marks Kurtis Blow's 40th year as a rapper. His journey has etched and grooved the road to Hip Hop music and culture. Kurtis Blow was the very first rapper signed to a major label and the very first rapper to become commercially successful. His song "The Breaks" was the first certified gold rap song. Tupac Shakur, who was inducted in the RRHOF (2017) sentimentally and historically strolls down memory lane in his song "Old School" with the hook "What more can I say, I wouldn't be here today if the Old School didn't pave the way" and in those lyrics he pays homage to pioneer Kurtis Blow saying "I remember popping and locking to Kurtis Blow."
As a performer, Kurtis Blow was influenced by the style and moves of James Brown (RRHOF inductee 1986) utilizing the fingerprint of James Brown's smooth flow in his street dance moves. Kurtis Blow is an original certified B-Boy Break dancer from Harlem who blazed yet another trail by commercially establishing break dance as a signature characteristic of Hip Hop and ingrained break dance moves into the commercial Hip Hop culture. His lyrical style was influenced by rap pioneers DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheeba.
Kurtis Blow is the first rapper to include socialism into his songs (Hard Times 1980, and 8 million Stories, 1984). His initial musical and lyrical expressions of blight, poverty, crime and race, not only brought awareness, but opened the door for other Hip Hop artists coming behind him to become more transparent and expressive in their lyrics, and to also become advocates and a voice for their communities through music.
Kurtis Blow, also a writer and producer contributed to the success of other artists including the iconic Fat Boys, Run DMC, and R&B's Rene and Angela. As a living artist, he is also serving society as a historian, assuring that the proper history and roots of rap and overall Hip Hop are established and documented for generations to come. He is also a board member of the upcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum.
In this signature year, we ask you to please, nominate and induct Kurtis Blow Walker, and allow us, the people to celebrate and commemorate his contributions to music and society in the immortal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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