THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
594-Kurtis Blow-The Breaks.
1980-Number 47 single.
Best Bit-At 1.25. There is no cussing on this ‘Old School Rap,’ so you can let your granny listen to it.
Kurtis Blow was born Kurtis Walker on August 9th, 1959, in New York City, United States, he is a Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ, actor, and became an ordained minister in 2009, founding ‘The Hip-Hop Church,’ in Harlem. In 1979 at the age of 20, he became the first Rapper to be signed to a major record label, ‘Mercury Records,’ for which between 1980-1988 he released eight studio Albums, he has also released a further three Albums between 2007-2010. Kurtis Blow has also produced , or collaborated with other Hip-Hop artists including The Fat Boys, Wyclef Jean, and Run DMC,(see also best songs 305 and 113) DJ Run actually started his career being billed as ‘The Son of Kurtis Blow.’ He has had two singles make the UK top 40, in 1979 ‘Christmas Rappin’ reached Number 30, and in 1985 ‘If I Ruled the World,’ which was covered by Nas in 1996 (UK Number 12) made Number 24.
‘The Breaks’ is taken from Kurtis Blow’s self titled debut Album from 1980, which was placed at Number 71 on ‘The Greatest 80 Albums of 1980,’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. Kurtis Blow wanted to make a tribute song for all the ‘Break Dancers’ who lived in around the South Bronx, and Harlem, in the early 1970’s. He took his idea to the songs producers, J.B. Moore, and Robert Ford, who suggested expanding the concept of other implied meanings for ‘breaks,’ such as the good, or bad breaks in life.
Kurtis Blow performed the song on Soul Train,’ whose host, and creator Don Cornelius (1936-2012) told the Rapper after the performance,’It doesn’t make sense to old guys like me…I don’t understand why they love it so much.’ Cornelius was expressing how many of his generation felt about the emergence of Hip-Hop.’
‘Clap your hands everybody if you’ve got what it takes,’cause I’m Kurtis Blow and I want you to know that these are the breaks.’