Kurtis Blow was born Curtis Walker on August 9, 1959, in Harlem, New York . He is known as one of the first commercially successful rappers and the first rapper to sign with a major record label. Curtis Walker got his public start in 1976 as a break-dancer and a block party DJ known by the name of Kool DJ Kurt. That same year he enrolled at the City College of New York and became a program director for the college radio station . Also in 1976, he joined a group called "The Force." Russell Simmons was a lead member of that group. The Force sponsored parties around Harlem until 1977, when Simmons moved the group to Queens, New York . After becoming an MC on his own, Kool DJ Kurt changed his name, with the persuasion of his manager Russell Simmons, to Kurtis Blow (as in body blow) . Kurtis began trying to sell himself as "the number one rapper in Queens," with Russell's help . For a short time Blow's regular DJ was Simmons' younger brother Joseph, who at the time was known as "DJ Run, the Son of Kurtis Blow." He later changed his name and went on to become the first third of Run-D.M.C. "If I Ruled the World" was the last of Blow's hit songs. His mainstream reputation decreased as newer hip hop made his rap style seem old-school and outdated . He went on to record a song with Dexter King, son of Martin Luther King Jr., titled "King Holiday" in observance of the civil rights leader's holiday . Blow finally gave up his fast fading recording career, but in the early 90s, he contributed rap material to the soap opera One Life to Live. He also spent several years hosting as a DJ for the Los Angeles based hip hop FM radio station, Power 106, every Sunday night on the "Kurtis Blow Old School Show." He now DJs on Sirius Satellite Radio's old school hip hop station, Backspin.. Although no longer recording music, Blow starred in the 1997 rap documentary, Rhyme and Reason. A theology major at Nyack College (Class of 2009) , Blow's recent focus has been on spirituality, evidenced by Kurtis Blow Presents: Hip Hop Ministry (2007, EMI Gospel), a compilation of Christian rap. "Krush Groove" is a 1985 Warner Bros. film, written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by Michael Schultz (who also produced the movie, along with Doug McHenry). This film is based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (re-named Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut. Russell Simmons was the film's co-producer and story consultant; he also has a cameo role in the film as a club owner named Crocket. In the movie, Russell Walker has signed all of the hottest acts to his Krush Groove record label, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow. Rick Rubin produces their records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn't have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and his brother Run are both competing for the heart of R&B singer/percussionist Sheila E. Also appearing in the film are LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, New Edition, the Fat Boys, and some of their songs, as well as others from the likes of Chaka Khan, Debbie Harry, and The Gap Band. Members of the R&B band Full Force also make a cameo in the film as bodyguards. Krush Groove was filmed in the Bronx, New York (including at least one scene in the Marble Hill projects). Among the locations where the movie was shot was the famous Disco Fever, a popular club during the embryonic stages of hip hop which, by the time of the film, had fallen on some hard times. Disco Fever owner Sal Abbatiello expected the movie not only to turn the spotlight on the burgeoning rap movement but also to "bring attention [back] to the club"[citation needed] and so agreed to have scenes shot there. Unfortunately, the attention surrounding the filming brought the scrutiny of the local authorities, who shut the club down for good on the last day of shooting for not having all the proper licenses and permits. The movie was re-released on DVD in 2003. Among the special extras included on the DVD are commentary from Underwood, Schultz, and Source Magazine Senior Editor Brett Johnson, a theatrical trailer for the movie, and the Krush Groove All Stars video "Krush Groovin'".

Kategoria: hip hop, muzyka, rap
Tagi: kurtis , blow , hip , hop , krush , groove , movie , rap , if , ruled , the , world
  • Dodał: radi
  • Zakceptowany: 28.07.11
  • Ostatnie zmiany: 31.07.16

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