Kurtis Blow Reacts To Nas’ Sampling, Asserts Profanity-Free Rap (Video)
Kurtis Blow is among Hip-Hop’s true messengers. The Harlem World MC carried the precious medal that is Hip-Hop’s first gold-certified single, care of “The Breaks.” Additionally, Blow’s career was highly pivotal for acts like Run-DMC (Run being one of Blow’s DJs), LL Cool J (Krush Groove), and a producer in the stellar ’90s documentary, Rhyme & Reason.
The onetime Mercury Records star appeared on Sway In The Morning. There with the pioneer of turntable-scratching, Grand Wizard Theodore and early Hip-Hop super-manager Charlie Stettler, the three architects discussed Krush Groove, which spawned a show on August 22, 2014 in New York City 29 years later. The discussion weaves in and out of the 1985 film, volleying between Shelia E’s possible tristes within the Rap community, to the famous Blair Underwood and Kurtis scene that earned the pair many props to come.
At about 10:00 in, Kurtis—one of Rap’s first major label stars, explains how the pressures of inking of a big contract affected his art, in a 20-year period of artists regularly speculated to “sell out” for commercial viability. Moreover, asked some dope questions, Kurtis Blow bemoans profanity in Hip-Hop, pointing out that he recorded 200 songs without the foul language. Then, a great Q emerges, asking the Ego Trip-album maker what he thought of Nas sampling/covering “If I Ruled The World” back on It Was Written.
Charlie and Theo drop in jewels too, as this discussion affirms why Sway In The Morning is one of 2014 Hip-Hop’s most important platforms.