Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap, stands as an emerging leader in a new generation of rappers with street sense, social criticism, and commercial savvy. In 1979, at the age of twenty, Kurtis Blow became the first Rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released the single, “Christmas Rappin,” and it sold over 400,000 copies and became an annual classic. Its gold follow-up single, “The Breaks,” helped ignite rap as a recognized form of music. He released 10 albums over 11 years — his second, a Top 50 Pop Album titled Deuce, was a big hit across Europe and in 1985, he released his fifth full-length, America. America’s video innovation received a MTV Monitor Award, and featured the song “If I Ruled the World” (later covered by platinum-selling artist Nas), which became a top 5 hit on Billboard’s R&B chart. Kurtis is now working for Sirius Satellite Radio on the Classic Old School Hip Hop station, Backspin 43. Blow, having made a deep commitment to the ways and teachings of Jesus Christ, is currently an ordained Pastor and Co-founder of the Hip Hop Church, where Kurtis serves as rapper, DJ and worship leader.