Kurtis Walker is an American rapper, musician, songwriter, record/film artist, b-boy, DJ, public speaker, and minister who goes by the stage name Kurtis Blow. He is the first artist to be financially active and to sign with a major record label. “The Breaks,” a track from his self-titled debut album from 1980, became the first rap song to be certified gold. He has recorded 15 albums throughout his lifetime and is currently an ordained minister.
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Biography and Early Life
Walker was born on the 9th of August, 1959 as Kurtis Walker and grew up in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. Kurtis is very famous but at the same time, he seems to keep a lot of his personal life away from the public. Therefore, it has proven impossible to find information of his background including the names of his parents and their occupation. However, he has been kind enough to reveal that he has a sibling named Joseph Blow.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Kurtis Blow in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Kurtis Blow’s age is 61 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 9 August 1959. Though, he is 5′ 10″ in feet and inches and 177cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 139lbs in Pound and 63kg in Kilograms.
He studied communications/film and ministry at CCNY and Nyack College.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
Shirley Stewart has been married to his wife Shirley Stewart since September 2, 1984. They are the parents of three children.
Is Kurtis Blow Gay?
The fact that he has been married to his wife Shirley for more than 30 years is enough to prove that he is not a gay.
Kurtis Blow, then twenty years old, was the first rapper to be signed to a major label, Mercury, which released “Christmas Rappin’” in 1979. It became one of the first commercially successful hip hop songs, selling over 400,000 copies. “The Breaks,” the follow-up, has sold over half a million copies. For the next eleven years, he recorded ten albums.
Kurtis Blow was his first release, and Deuce, a Top 40 pop album, was his second. A mix of rap and go-go was featured on Party Time. “8 Million Stories,” “AJ Scratch,” and “Basketball” were among the hits on Ego Trip. The music video for the title track from his 1985 album, America, received critical acclaim.
The single “If I Ruled the World” from this album was a Top 5 success on Billboard’s R&B chart. He went into production in 1983. In the mid-1980s, he lived in the Bronx’s Co-op City. Kurtis is also responsible for hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC, in addition to his own work. ‘The Son of Kurtis Blow’ was Run’s moniker at the start of his career. Walker has made or worked on films such as Lovebug Starski, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons, and Wyclef Jean. Kurtis gifted rapped René & Angela’s R&B chart-topping debut “Save Your Love (For #1)” to former label mates René & Angela.
The song “King Holiday,” which Walker created with Phillip Jones as co-producer and Dexter Scott King as executive producer, commemorates the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States federal holiday established in January 1986. He appeared in many feature films as an actor and music coordinator, including Leon Kennedy’s Knights of the City and the hip hop film Krush Groove.
He hosted and co-produced the international film Das Leben Amerikanischer Gangs (1995), which focused on the West Coast gang scene. He provided an insightful account of the state of hip hop as host and associate producer for Miramax’s Rhyme and Reason, while also participating in the three-volume album rollout, The History of Rap for Rhino Records in 1998.
Kurtis has been outspoken about his condemnation of racism. He was a key contributor to the Artists Against Apartheid album “Sun City.” In Chicago, he collaborated with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s, Operation Push and the National Rainbow Coalition, and in New York City, he worked with Rev. Al Sharpton’s, Action Network.
He began working on-air in radio in 1995, at Power 106, Southern California’s #1 CHR station. On Sunday nights, he presented The Old School Show, which featured classic songs from the past. From 2000 to 2004, he worked for Sirius Satellite Radio on the Backspin (Channel 46) Classic Old School Hip Hop station.
Kurtis Blow starred in Hip-Hop Evolution, a documentary on the evolution of hip hop, in 2016. The programme, hosted by Shad, a Canadian rapper and broadcaster, explored the evolution of hip-hop culture through interviews with some of the genre’s most influential cultural figures. Russell Peters, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, and Nelson George created the show. It received a Peabody Award in 2016 and an International Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming in 2017. Netflix has broadcasted the series.
Kurtis Blow has been nominated three times over the course of his career. Here they are:
- 2003 Black Reel Award nominee for Best Song.
- 1989 Kids’ Choice Award nominee for Favourite Male Singer/Group.
- 1986 Razzie Awards nominee for Worst Original Song.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Kurtis Blow in 2021
As of 2021, Kurtis Blow currently has an estimated net worth of $6 Million. All of this wealth has been as a reward from his hard work in the music industry.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Kurt was the Guest MC for the world premiere of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a well-received modernization of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre in December 2014.
The legendary artist has been a really influential figure in the growth and development of the rap music industry. The foundation that he laid has gone on to inspire many other aspiring rappers all over the world.
Facts of Kurtis Walker
- Gender Male
- full nameKurtis Walker
- birthplaceNew York, USA
- Date of Birth August 09, 1959
- Age 62 years 11 months
- Horoscope Leo
- Lucky Number 5
- Lucky Stone Ruby
- Lucky Color Gold
- Best Match for Marriage Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries
- net worth$6 Million
- professionRapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and minister
- weightIn Kilograms – 63 Kg, In Pounds – 139 lbs
- heightIn Centimetres – 177 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
- hair colorN/A
- eye colorN/A
- high schoolN/A