Kurtis Blow – First Certified Gold Rap Record

Since February is Black History Month and “The Martacard Report” is a Hip-Hop blog, what better way to celebrate our month by recognizing our pioneers of rap.


Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to sign with a major record company and the first rapper to have a certified gold record. In 1979, Kurtis Blow signed to Mercury Records and later released “Christmas Rappin'”. It sold over 400,000 copies. His follow up record “The Breaks”, released in 1980 sold over half a million copies making Kurtis Blow the first certified gold selling rap artist. Shout out to Kurtis Blow, a hip-hop/rap pioneer!!!

Check out Kurtis Blow performing “The Breaks” on Soul Train. R.I.P. Don Cornelius!