Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Funk Essentials: The Best of Kurtis Blow by Kurtis Blow, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Funk Essentials: The Best of Kurtis Blow

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

The Oakland Raiders and a brand new Stair-Ree-U

Back in the day Kurtis Blow was it. Couldn't be a party without Kurtis Blow. Rap back in those days was about having fun and partying. It was the background music and Kurtis had the tight bass and beat that made you want to dance. But that was only one side of Kurtis Blow. Back when most of America had little knowledge of what the inner city black ghetto was, his musical observations of inner city life and his social commentary gave us a non-threatening view into that world. This CD covers what could be considered his most popular work.


Basketball ooooo yeeaaaa lets go Kurtis!

Lovin it



Born: August 9, 1959 in New York, NY [Harlem]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the first commercially successful rap artist, Kurtis Blow is a towering figure in hip-hop history. His popularity and charisma helped prove that rap music was something more than a flash-in-the-pan novelty, paving the way for the even greater advances of Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C. Blow was the first rapper to sign with (and release an album for) a major label; the first to have a single certified gold (1980's landmark "The Breaks"); the first to embark on a national (and international) concert...
Full Bio

Top Albums and Songs by Kurtis Blow

Listeners Also Bought