The challenge was to produce radio friendly just like the Sugarhill gang, that’s how people got to know your song out there He was the first sex symbol of rap, IT IS NOT LL COOL J Born in Harlem in 1959 He went to college, educated MC o He got a job as program director in college radio station Grandmaster Flash was more popular then Kurtis blow Kurtis blow will hang around Grandmaster Flash and the Furious five o Known as the 6 th MC from Furious Five not formally First single solo rapper First rapper to sign with and release an album with Mercury Records 1979 Kurtis blow – Christmas Rappin’ LISTENED IN CLASS Commercial rap, radio friendly, followed up on Bound Rock Skate, Rappers Delight Co-written by Robert Ford (AKA ROCKY), white English A&R guy, worked for Billboard Magazine o Robert would go into the ghetto, and to find out about a guy called Russell Simmons. It was Rocky’s idea to make the record at that time, he wrote half the lyrics of Christmas Rappin’ o Robert made the first national article in Hip Hop o The music was made from a live band Kurtis Blow’s next singel “The Breaks” LISTENED IN CLASS #5 in the R&B charts in 1980 First rapper to do a international concert tour First rapper to sign an endorsement deal with a big company o The sugarhill gang is not that rich, getting ripped off
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