The first artist managed by Russell Simmons was Kurtis Blow o A millionaire because of his insight, foresight, and entrepreneurial skills o 1977-1978ish when Russell Simmons had no money, so he was starting to make a name for himself by hooking up his younger brother who was 13 years old, Joseph, with Kurtis Blow, where Kurtis Blow would introduce to people as his
son. He turned out to be Run in Run-DMC which was an extremely famous group. Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow o Co-Written by Robert Fort AKA Rocky and Kurtis Blow and Russell o The story of Santa in Harlem o Disco/hip hop themed o Someone from Billboard Magazine (Rocky) approached Russell Simmons to make a record, because they wanted to make a story about hip hop in New York City o Among the ten significant records heard on the radio Kurtis Blow nearly ten albums between 1980 and 1988 The Breaks – Kurtis Blow o Reached gold (500000 records sold) by 1998 The first sex symbol in rap music was Kurtis Blow o First time that a rapper had his picture on the cover of a disk or a jacket of the disk was Kurtis Blow His career died down quickly because his rapping was not as evolved with the change of times o However Kurtis Blow created Run-DMC and the Fatboys so he was still relevant Basketball – Kurtis Blow o Bow Wow took his song If I ruled the World – Kurtis Blow o Nas and other rappers took his song Afrika Bambaataa AKA Bam o Godfather of Hip hop o Master of Records
o Known for bringing the most records o
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