As the first commercially successful rap artist, Kurtis Blow is a towering figure in hip-hop history. His popularity and charisma helped prove that rap music was something more than a flash-in-the-pan novelty, paving the way for the even greater advances of Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C. Blow was the first rapper to sign with (and release an album for) a major label; the first to have a single certified gold (""The Breaks""); the first to embark on a national (and international) concert tour; and the first to cement rap's mainstream marketability by signing an endorsement deal. For that matter, he was really the first significant solo rapper on record, and as such he was a natural focal point for many aspiring young MCs in the early days of hip-hop. Blow's second single, ""The Breaks,"" was an out-of-the-box smash, following ""Rapper's Delight"" into the Top Five of the R&B chart. ; it still ranks as one of old school rap's greatest and most enduring moments. The full-length album Kurtis Blow made the R&B Top Ten in spite of many assumptions that the Sugarhill Gang's success was a one-time fluke. The poverty-themed ""Hard Times"" marked perhaps the first instance of hip-hop's social consciousness, and was later covered by Run-D.M.C. Blow also made his mark as a producer, working with a variety of hip-hop and R&B artists; most notably, he helmed most of the Fat Boys' records after helping them get a record deal. Ego Trip sold respectably well on the strength of cuts like the DJ tribute ""AJ Scratch,"" the agreeably lightweight ""Basketball,"" and the Run-D.M.C. duet ""8 Million Stories."" Blow followed it with an appearance in the cult hip-hop film Krush Groove, in which he performed ""If I Ruled the World,"" his biggest hit since ""The Breaks."".
How to hire Kurtis Blow for an event
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Kurtis Blow.
Many performers, actors, speakers and other talent like Kurtis Blow, with postponed or cancelled events due to COVID-19 are now, in certain cases, considering virtual appearances via live streaming. They perhaps may accept lower fees too. If you are seriously interested in booking Kurtis Blow or other talent shown on our site, we will research their desire and the specific fee for your live-streaming event or project request.
Kurtis Blow's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking Kurtis Blow for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate with the price range to book Kurtis Blow, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing Kurtis Blow. After we consult with them, we can circle back with you to provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the Kurtis Blow booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Kurtis Blow for an event?" is a frequent question we get, but the final Kurtis Blow booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Kurtis Blow charge for an event. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Kurtis Blow for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Kurtis Blow agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book Kurtis Blow, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Kurtis Blow booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Kurtis Blow, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
Rap-Hip Hop, Male