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#035 Kurtis Blow interview from 1997
23 minutes Posted Aug 4, 2020 at 9:01 pm.
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Show notes
In the interview, Blow talks about:
- Whether he thinks God cares about pop music
- How he had it all and now has nothing
- What hip-hop fans should go back and listen to
- How early hip-hop had a code of ethics not to use swear words
- Why he got out of the music business
- How he foresaw how big hip-hop would get
- The language of a rap
- Why rap artist don’t typically have long careers
- Why white America has gravitated toward rap
- The first time rap was used for a commercial
- How Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke Kurtis’ heart
- If he became the overlord of music, what the first thing he’d change would be
In this episode, we have hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow. At the time of this interview in 1997, Blow was 38 years old and was promoting his three-CD compilation, “The History of Rap.” In the interview, Kurtis talks about how Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke his heart; what hip-hop fans should go back and listen to; and how he foresaw how big rap music would become.  

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