Voorhees welcomes iconic rapper Kurtis Blow for Black History Month

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Voorhees welcomes iconic rapper Kurtis Blow for Black History Month

January 24, 2019

Voorhees College jump starts Black History Month with guest speaker, rapper, singer, songwriter, record and film producer, b-boy, disc jockey, public speaker, and minister Kurtis ‘Blow’ Walker during an assembly on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall.

Walker is a towering figure in hip hop history. He was the first rapper to sign with a major label, Mercury, in 1979. He released “Christmas Rappin,” which was one of the first commercially successful hip hop singles. He followed up with “The Breaks,” a single certified gold 1980's landmark record from a self-titled debut album.

In 1985, he released the song “If I Ruled the World,” a Top 5 hit on Billboard's R&B chart. Throughout his career, he has released 15 albums. In addition, he produced hits for The Fat Boys and Run DMC. Walker also produced and collaborated with Lovebug Starski, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, Russell Simmons, and Wyclef Jean.

He performed as an actor and in music coordination in several feature films including Leon Kennedy’s “Knights of the City,” and the hip hop film “Krush Groove.” He coordinated the recording of the song "King Holiday" in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Walker was host and co-producer for “Das Leben Amerikanischer Gangs” (1995), an international film production focusing on the West Coast gang scene. Additionally, he hosted and was an associate producer for Miramax’s “Rhyme and Reason,” and Blow also co- produced “Slippin, Ten Years With The Bloods.” 

Besides recording, producing, and hosting radio shows, Walker speaks out on behalf of a variety of causes. He also campaigns against racism and drug use. He will always be credited as one of the biggest influences on rap music.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.  

Kurtis 'Blow' Walker