Kurtis Blow Net Worth

Rap grew in popularity and became a part of the mainstream media in late 80’s and early 90’s. Even though most of the rappers still accentuate the same problems of police brutality towards the minorities etc. there have come a new breed of rappers, talking about completely different things. Kurtis Blow is a little bit of both. This rapper comes from American, more specifically unknown. Standing at unknown, Kurtis Blow has released numerous hit singles, sold thousands of album copies and featured on many great hits. Born on unknown, this musician is also a Rapper so you could call such an individual – multitalented. In terms of net worth, Kurtis Blow is believed to have a net worth of $5 million.

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Kurtis started off as a DJ under the name Kool DJ Kurt, while also working as a disco performer. In 1979, he signed with the label Mercury and became the first rapper in history to be signed under a record label; his initial song entitled “Christmas Rappin” sold over 500,000 copies, and later his follow up “The Breaks” which was under his debut album also sold over 500,000. Thanks to his popularity, he then performed overseas and became the first rapper to ever do so. Over the next eleven years, he would continue to release more albums. These include “Deuce” which reached top 50 in the charts, “Party Time” which was a rap fusion song and the album “Ego Trip” which had several hit songs. The song “If I Ruled the World” would become successful and reached the fifth spot on the Billboard R&B Chart. However, as the 1990s grew nearer, his rap career started to decline and he moved on to production work.

After transitioning to production, he started working with other groups and helped make hits for Run DMC. He also worked with The Fat Boys, Full Force, Wyclef Jean, and Rene & Angele. In 1986, he helped release the song “King Holiday” which was created to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. Kurtis then tried his hand at acting, becoming part of “Knights of the City” and “Krush Groove”. He also became the co-producer of “Das Leben Amerikanischer Gangs” which was about West Coast gangs. In 1998, he participated in “The History of Rap” which was a three volume release.

Around this time in the 1990s, he began working with various groups and churches, becoming a spokesperson against racism. Kurtis was also honored for his music achievements and in 2002, travelled to the Middle East to perform for the Armed Forces in numerous shows. In 2009, he became an ordained minister and founded The Hip Hop Church which he uses his talents as a musician; he serves as a worship leader, DJ, rapper, and minister of the church. One of his latest projects is “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” which is a production that toured during November 2015.

For his personal life, there is no public information on any relationships urtis may have had. It is known that Kurtis became such an icon in the rap and music industry that he is regularly featured in pop culture. He’s been referenced by Ice Cube, Notorious BIG, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg. His music is also still featured in various forms of media such as video games. Aside from these, Kurtis is the first rapper to ever break the million dollar mark, making him the first millionaire rapper.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Kurtis Blow
  • Net Worth: $5 million
  • Date Of Birth: August 9, 1959
  • Place Of Birth: Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Profession: Rapper
  • Education: City College of New York, Nyack College
  • Nationality: American
  • Siblings: Joseph Blow
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/kurtisblow1
  • MySpace: https://myspace.com/kurtisblow3
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0089423/
  • Movies: Rhyme & Reason; In Dark Places; Breaking Out: The Alcatraz Concert; Hip Hop Legends; Kurtis Blow: The Hip Hop Anniversary Tour: Live in Cologne 2008 2008
  • TV Shows: Hip-Hop Evolution


  • Has not released an album since 1988’s “Back by Popular Demand”.
  • One of the personalities mentioned in the song Genius of Love by Tom Tom Club. The others mentioned were James Brown, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, ‘Hamilton Bohannon’, Bootsy Collins, and Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar (as Sly and Robbie) and ‘Robert ‘Robbie’ Shakespeare’ (as Sly and Robbie).
  • Changed his name to Kurtis Blow (as in a body blow) at the suggestion of his manager, future rap mogul Russell Simmons.
  • Currently a DJ on Backspin 43, which is the old school hip hop station on the Sirius Satellite Radio service.
  • The first hip hop musician embraced by the mainstream advertising industry with his appearance in a commercial for the soft drink Sprite.
  • He co-wrote songs with The Fat Boys, including their signature songs, “Fat Boys” (1984) and “The Fat Boys Are Back” (1985).
  • He has duet with rock icon Bob Dylan called “Street Rock”, which appeared on Blow’s 1986 album, Kingdom Blow.
  • In 1980, he opened for reggae legend Bob Marley at the Madison Square Garden where he performed for an audience of 20,000.
  • He was the first rapper to record a full length album on a major label (1979).
  • He began his career in New York City in the mid-1970s, when he was a breakdancer until switching to DJing under the name Kool DJ Kurt and then finally rapping.
  • Was the first hip-hop MC to be signed by a major label, which in this case was Mercury/PolyGram Records.
  • Hip-hop artist


Title Year Status Character
The Goldbergs TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2016 writer – 1 episode, 2016
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2014 writer – 1 episode, 2014
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special performer: “The Breaks” / writer: “The Breaks”
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary performer: “The Breaks” / writer: “The Breaks”
Dance Central 2 2011 Video Game performer: “The Breaks”
It’s Kind of a Funny Story 2010 performer: “The Breaks” / writer: “The Breaks” – as Kurt Walker
Angel Camouflaged 2010 performer: “I’m Tired” Angel Camouflaged Remix, “Gimme Three Steps”
Welcome to the 80’s 2009 TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode
Notorious 2009 writer: “The Breaks” – as Kurt Walker
Beautiful Losers 2008 Documentary performer: “The Blow”
Everybody Hates Chris TV Series performer – 4 episodes, 2005 – 2007 writer – 3 episodes, 2005 – 2007
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game “The Breaks”
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: “The Breaks” / writer: “The Breaks”
Like Mike 2002 writer: “Basketball” – as Kurt Walker
Empire 2002 writer: “Games People Play”
Saturday Night Live 2000 TV Series writer – 1 episode
In Dark Places 1997 performer: “Let’s Dance” / writer: “Let’s Dance”, “I Wanna Freak You”
Soul Food 1997 performer: “The Breaks” / writer: “The Breaks” – as Kurt Walker
The Jerky Boys 1995 performer: “Dial a Jam” / writer: “Dial a Jam” – as Kurt Walker
Knights of the City 1986 performer: “Kurtis Blow Rap”
Krush Groove 1985 lyrics: “If I Ruled The World” / music: “If I Ruled The World”, “Pump It Up – Let’s Get Funky”, “All You Can Eat”, “Fat Boys” / performer: “If I Ruled The World”, “Krush Groovin'” / writer: “Krush Groovin'” – as K. Blow
Top of the Pops TV Series performer – 1 episode, 1980 writer – 1 episode, 1980
Title Year Status Character
Da Jammies 2015 TV Series Kurtis Flow / Momo’s Security #1
California Dreamers 2013 King Kurtis
The Benita Show 2011 TV Series
Kings of Hip Hop: The Founders 2004 Video
In Dark Places 1997 Piano Player
Title Year Status Character
Slippin’: Ten Years with the Bloods 2005 Documentary associate producer
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
Krush Groove 1985 music supervisor
Title Year Status Character
G-Funk 2016 Documentary filming
Hip Hop Evolution 2016 Documentary Himself
The Power of Soul 2015 Documentary Himself
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Reach Around Radio 2013 TV Series Himself
The Hot 10 2011 TV Series Himself – Guest
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself – Performer
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug 2010 Documentary short Himself – Hip-Hop Icon
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Himself
The Mo’Nique Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the 80’s 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Baisden After Dark 2007 TV Series Himself
The (White) Rapper Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Breaking the Rules 2006 Documentary Himself
Disco: Spinning the Story 2005 Video documentary Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 2005 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Sex ‘n’ Pop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Il segreto del giaguaro 2000 Himself
Breaking Out: The Alcatraz Concert 1998 Documentary
Soul Train 1980-1997 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest
Rhyme & Reason 1997 Documentary Himself
The Show 1995 Documentary Himself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Square One Television 1987 TV Series Himself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself
Knights of the City 1986 Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
Krush Groove 1985 Himself
New York, New York 1981 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself