On this day in Hip-Hop history, Kurtis Blow released his self-titled debut album.
On this day in 1980, Kurtis Blow released his self-titled debut album on Mercury. Blow's debut album was the first rap record to be released on a major label. It was the first hip-hop record to be certified gold and sold close to 700,000 copies in 1980.
Kurtis Blow featured Blow's second hit single "The Breaks," which would be sampled numerous times in future hip-hop joints. The final track on the album, "Takin' Care of Business," was a hip-hop rendition of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's 1973 hit and was the first attempt at merging rock 'n' roll with rap, six years prior to the release of Run-D.M.C.'s "Walk This Way."
Also on this day...
1998 - A Tribe Called Quest released their fifth studio album The Love Movement on Jive Records.
1998 - Black Star released Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star on Rawkus Records.
1998 - Jay Z released Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life on Roc-A-Fella Records.
1998 - Outkast released their third studio album Aquemini on LaFace Records.
2008 - T.I. released his sixth studio album Paper Trail on Atlantic.