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MUSI 2520
Ron Nelson

Lecture 1:  Given recognition for being good looking, charming; girls went crazy over him  Born in Harlem in 1959  Started as a break dancer, then a block party DJ, then a club DJ o Had a college education; went to city college (program director for a college radio station) o He later turned into an MC in 1977 o Sometimes Kurtis blow was the unofficial 6th member of grandmaster flash and the furious five starting 1977 (he got famous)  First commercially successful solo rap artist  First sign rapper to sign with a major label; Mercury  In terms of hip hop being at a pre-touring stage, the first artist able to embark on an national and international tour was Kurtis Blow  First rapper to have a certified gold record after rappers delight is Kurtis Blow (The Breaks) o Top 5 in r&b charts 1980  Got opening artist gigs (very rare cases) for the commodores/bob marley  First rapper to sign an endorsement deal (The deal was with Sprite in 1985)  By the time he made albums, most of the original rappers in his field had only released one songs  Barely any professional managers in the industry at this time  Russell Simmons before he became famous/rich was a promoter, handing out flyers/posters  because of Simmons, Kurtis Blow was already somewhat of an underground sensation  Russell Simmons managed kurtis & he brought also his little brother named joseph (age 13) who became red run; part of run dmc  Red Run was a DJ, travelled for 7 months with blow, Simmons,  Christmas rappin’: 1979: disco still in the air kind of, rap is breaking out (rappers delight already out) kind of rap, but similar to disco also; co-written by robert port (aka rocky); writer named rocky who was white with the new york times who was asked to go to the bronx and come up with a story on hip hop. physically had to go around the bronx and eventually found russell Simmons. suggested that Simmons make a record. gave them the idea to commercialize  rapping was very innocent, light, fr
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