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  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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KURTIS BLOW Has Many Great Jams Here.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
I really don't need for a CD to have more than one song that I fall in love with so deeply.
M. Weber
Great old school sounds, buy this CD.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on June 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When discussing the pioneers of rap music, Kurtis Blow often isn't mentioned as often as Grandmaster Flash, The Sugarhill Gang, and Run-DMC. This is unfortunate because he truly is one of the forefathers of hip-hop and unlike Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang, he was no one trick pony. Although many music fans may only know him for his now classic track "The Breaks", The Best of Kurtis Blow shows that he had much more to offer.
Nearly everything here is great and still sounds fresh today. Unlike much of the rap music back then and even today, Kurtis Blow, at least for most of his career, created his music with live musicians rather than solely relying on sampling and production. Although "The Breaks" is now a hip-hop classic, many of the tracks here such as "Tough", "Hard Times", "Party Time", and his highest charting hit "Basketball" are just as strong. Listening to the old school references on "Tough" and "Basketball" over 20 years after they were recorded are still a joy to hear. But while the lyrics are strong on all of these tracks, it's the music that puts these songs over the top whether it's the funky bass lines on "Hard Times" and "Tough", the heavy percussion on "Party Time" and the Midnight Star-soundalike "I'm Chillin" or the combination of both on "The Breaks." The excellent musicianship also shines on the more lightweight tracks "Daydreamin'" and "Starlife." Other excellent tracks here include "Christmas Rappin'", which uses the guitar line rather than the oft-used bass line of Chic's "Good Times", his duet with Run-DMC, "8 Million Stories", and "One-Two-Three (Main Street, Harlem, USA)." The tracks here are listed chronologically thus the weaker tracks are on the album's second half.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on July 19, 2001
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A nice package, good selection, but somewhat less interesting overall than the "turning-point-in-history" appeal of his "Kurtis Blow" CD. The two biggest hits here ("The Breaks" and "Christmas Rappin'") are also available on that CD, although the sort-of-novelty "Basketball" included here is not. Blow's style changed little over the years, so the tracks fit together seemlessly, but the effect can wear a bit by late in the disk. I'd go with the "Kurtis Blow" CD unless one or more of the tracks on this CD not duplicated there are of strong appeal to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kipper Conrad on May 3, 2004
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Kurtis Blow is known throughout the hip hop world as the original "King of Rap." This CD is a nice collection of some of his more popular songs. However, many of Kurtis Blow's best efforts were not released as individual singles and, thus, did not make it to this compilation. That fact aside, this CD is very good.
Everyone has heard the classic "The Breaks" as well as "Christmas Rappin" both of which stand true to Kurtis Blow form on this cd. Kurtis Blow also had classics with Basketball, 8 Million Stories and I'm Chillin. AJ Scratch is a nice ode to his dj and "Tough" has an awesome bass delivery.
Kurtis Blow was than man, and this CD certainly reflects his great vocal talents and classic hits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2000
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KURTIS BLOW Has Many Great Jams Here.THE BREAKS is The Jam To this day.IF I Ruled The World.Basketball is a Happening Jam.The Music&Flow Of Kurtis Blow is Tight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mecca Egypt on January 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that I got this CD all scratched up. I had discarded it because someone in school (when I was in the 9th grade) made fun of me for having this CD because it was old school music. They were like "you listen to this stuff." Now, I am much older and wiser and I would've easily told them to go the hell. Let this be a word to everyone, listen to what you want to listen to, don't let other people dictate to you what's good, only you know.
Anyways, on to the CD, it's full of all of my favorites such as the dance floor rocker "If I Rule The World," the sweet sounds of "Daydreamin'," "America," the socially poignant "I'm Chillin," (which I affectionately call "Transformers (More Than Meets The Eye)"), everybody's favorite "The Breaks" and the go-go-ness of "Starlife."
This CD is worth the money and will conjure up images of good times and parties. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Weber on September 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I am a 54-year old white woman from the suburbs. Not exactly the person from which you'd like to get your favorite rap artist advice. But this CD fell into my lap, and I put it in the player. Now I'm Kurtis Blow's newest and biggest fan.

I have always been a fan of the funk, and this album is Funky. And I laugh when the other reviewers call him "old-school." George Clinton is old school, and this carries George's tradition well.

My favorite track is "Party Time." It starts with jamming alternative percussion, with sticks, tamborine, and bongos. Then comes acapella voices. Bass drum is the next addition. The rap. 88 keys and electric guitar. By the time the jammin' sax comes in, I am completely sold, and on the repeat button. I really don't need for a CD to have more than one song that I fall in love with so deeply.

For you other white folks out there, however, Christmas Rappin' has the same bass line as "Another One Bites the Dust," making it comfortably familiar.
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