Kurtis Blow (album)

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Kurtis Blow
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1980
GenreOld school hip hop
ProducerJ.B. Moore/Robert Ford
Kurtis Blow chronology
Kurtis Blow
Singles from Kurtis Blow
  1. "The Breaks"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceB+[2]

Kurtis Blow is the self-titled debut album by American rapper Kurtis Blow. It was released in 1980 by Mercury Records. The record includes the song "The Breaks", which was often sampled later in hip-hop records, mainly for its introduction made by Blow's a cappella vocal, and for the drum break, giving a wordplay dimension to the title. "Rappin' Blow, Pt. 2" was issued as a single that had a do-it-yourself B-side, the instrumental version. "Takin' Care of Business" is one of the first hip hop and rock ’n’ roll crossover attempts.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Rappin' Blow, Pt. 2" (Kurtis Blow, Robert Ford, Miller, J.B. Moore, Larry Smith) 4:42
  2. "The Breaks" (Kurtis Blow, Ford, Moore, Russell Simmons, Smith) 7:43
  3. "Way Out West" (Moore) 7:43

Side two

  1. "Throughout Your Years" (Kurtis Blow, Moore, Waring) 5:21
  2. "Hard Times" (Jimmy Bralower, Moore, Russell Simmons, Smith, Waring) 4:38
  3. "All I Want in This World (Is to Find That Girl)" (Moore) 5:00
  4. "Takin' Care of Business" (Randy Bachman) 5:31

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Christmas Rappin'" (Kurtis Blow, Ford, Moore) 3:57
  2. "Breaks [Instrumental]" (Kurtis Blow, Ford, Moore, Simmons, Smith) 5:52



  • Vocals: Kurtis Blow, Sudana Bobatoon, Wayne Garfield, Sheila Spencer, William Waring, Adam White
  • Guitars: Eddie Martinez, J.B. Moore, Dean Swenson, John Tropea
  • Keyboards: Onaje Allen Gumbs, J.B. Moore
  • Bass: Craig Short, Tom Wolk
  • Drums: Jimmy Bralower


  • Produced By Robert Ford & J.B. Moore
  • Engineers: Rod Hui
  • Assistant Engineers: Erik Block, Paula Stevens, Lisa Zimet
  • Mixing: Vincent Davis
  • Mastering: Suha Gur


  1. ^ Kurtis Blow at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 30, 1981). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 25, 2016.