Kurtis Blow


There are 8 million stories in the naked city
Some ice cold and told without pity
About the mean streets and the ghetto culture
The pimps, the pushers, the sharks and vultures
Things that happen when it reaches dark
And all the things you hear about Central Park
You got to be down, you got to have strength
If you're gonna survive past 110th

Kurtis Blow, '8 Million Stories'

Kurt Walker, or “Kurtis Blow”, born 9th August 1959 in Harlem, was the first rapper to sign with a major record label. His song “The Breaks” was the first certified gold rap record. In 1979, Kurtis was signed by Mercury Records. He released ten albums over the next eleven years. Walker is deeply commited to Christianity, and is the founder of “The Hip Hop Church”. He became an ordained minister on August 16 2009.