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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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  • Kurtis Blow is one of the founders and creators of recorded rap. A timeless artist and hip hop legend, Kurtis blazed the trail for early Hip-Hop artists, and continues to carry the torch for Hip-Hop music into new arenas. Kurtis is credited with many accolades, including first rapper signed to a major label, first certified gold rap record (The Breaks), first rapper to tour US and Europe, first rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite), first rapper to use the drum machine, sample, and sample loop, first Rap music video (Basketball), and first Rap millionaire.