Exclusive: Hip Hop Icon Kurtis Walker Recovering from Heart Transplant Surgery

A true legend, Kurtis Blow was just 20 when he became the first rap star signed by a major label. Mercury released "Christmas Rappin," and it sold more than 400,000 copies and became an annual classic. Its gold follow‑up "The Breaks" helped ignite a still‑spreading international "Rap Attack." He released 10 Albums over 11 years, including the self-titled "Kurtis Blow," "Party Time," "8 Million Stories," "AJ," and "Basketball." The post Exclusive: Hip Hop Icon Kurtis Walker Recovering from Heart Transplant Surgery appeared first on Voice and Viewpoint.

Exclusive: Hip Hop Icon Kurtis Walker Recovering from Heart Transplant Surgery

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Hip-Hop Icon Kurtis Blow underwent heart transplant surgery in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 6, his wife of four decades told Black Press USA.

“We give all glory to God for the perfect heart and transplant,” Walker said.

On Monday, December 7, she texted, “He is out of surgery. Keep the prayers and praises up. God does all things well.”

The rap star, whose real name is Kurtis Walker, has a history of heart ailments.

After recovering in 2019 from surgery to repair an aortic artery, the music pioneer was rushed back onto the operating table for a second procedure.

Shirley Walker said she believed the surgery went well, as she remained at the hospital with her husband.

A true legend, Kurtis Blow was just 20 when he became the first rap star signed by a major label. Mercury released “Christmas Rappin,” and it sold more than 400,000 copies and became an annual classic.

Its gold follow‑up “The Breaks” helped ignite a still‑spreading international “Rap Attack.”

He released 10 Albums over 11 years, including the self-titled “Kurtis Blow,” “Party Time,” “8 Million Stories,” “AJ,” and “Basketball.”

Blow was honored for video innovation with an MTV Monitor Award in 1985 for his hit, “America,” an album that included the huge single, “If I Ruled the World.”

A short time later, Blow, and Dexter Scott King, were selected to coordinate the song, “King Holiday,” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday. The Mercury/Polygram single co‑produced by Kurtis Blow included Whitney Houston, New Edition, Stephanie Mills, El Debarge, James “JT” Taylor of Kool & the Gang, The Fat Boys, and Run DMC.

It also has become an annual Holiday Classic.

The icon is also responsible for rap hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC, whose lead star, Run, began his career as “The son of Kurtis Blow.”

Recently, Blow has worked to help Rocky Bucano, former Def Jam President Carmen Ashhurst, and others with work on the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which breaks ground this month in New York.

“Prayers work,” Shirley Walker said, noting that she’s optimistic for her husband.

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