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The Best Of Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

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While he made many groundbreaking singles, Kurtis Blow was never a consistent album artist, making this best-of collection his definitive artistic statement. Throughout the early '80s, Blow helped define what rap could do, and these tracks confirm his status as one of hip-hop's legendary acts.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Breaks (Album Version)
00:07:49

Larry Smith, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - LAWRENCE SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - Russell W. Simmons, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Christmas Rappin' (Album Version)
00:03:56

Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - LAWRENCE SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Denzil Miller, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1979 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Hard Times (Album Version)
00:04:39

William Waring, ComposerLyricist - LAWRENCE SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - Russell W. Simmons, ComposerLyricist - James Robert Bralower, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Starlife
00:05:25

William Waring, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., Producer - James B. Moore, Producer, ComposerLyricist - James Robert Bralower, ComposerLyricist - Dean Swenson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Tough (Album Version)
00:06:51

LAWRENCE SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - Russell W. Simmons, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1982 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Daydreamin' (Album Version)
00:04:26

Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - LAWRENCE SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - Orin Jones, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1982 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Party Time (Album Version)
00:06:46

Full Force, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - James Robert Bralower, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
One-Two-Five (Main Street Harlem U.S.A.)
00:05:12

Kurtis Blow, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., Producer, ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, Producer, ComposerLyricist - James Robert Barlower, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
8 Million Stories (Album Version)
00:07:46

Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - William Waring, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - Daniel Harris, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Breck, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
AJ Scratch (Album Version)
00:05:51

Kurtis Blow, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Basketball (Album Version)
00:06:26

Full Force, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - William Waring, ComposerLyricist - Shirley Walker, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, MainArtist - Johnny B. Moore, Producer - Robert Arthur Ford Jr., ComposerLyricist - James B. Moore, ComposerLyricist - James Robert Bralower, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ford Jr., Producer

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
America
00:04:38

Kurtis Blow, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
If I Ruled The World (Album Version)
00:03:55

Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, Producer, MainArtist - David Franklin Reeves, ComposerLyricist - Aaron O'Bryant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
I'm Chillin
00:03:40

Kurtis Walker, ComposerLyricist - Robert Reed, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kurtis Blow, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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While he made many groundbreaking singles, Kurtis Blow was never a consistent album artist, making this best-of collection his definitive artistic statement. Throughout the early '80s, Blow helped define what rap could do, and these tracks confirm his status as one of hip-hop's legendary acts.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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