Fri. Oct. 22, 2021

Kurtis Blow – I’m Chillin’ (Video Version)

Lost but not least! Kurtis Blow – I’m Chillin’ (Mercury)

Appearances may be misleading on occasions. Such as the title of this gem – ‘I’m Chillin’ – quite at the opposite from what we might expect at first sight. And I’m not even talkin’ about the reviews of the album – ‘Kingdom Blow’ – this piece is taken from. Reviews that would tend to make me think we may not have heard the same album at the end. At least as far as ‘I’m Chillin” is concerned…

A quick listen suffices to understand. Here we go with a one of a kind syncopated jam with the intoxicating vocoderized parts adding much to its infectiousness. This along with its devastating rhythm pattern which you would only find in Go-Go Music as a matter of fact. With thanks to Trouble Funk‘s Robert Reed‘s sharp production work. This in addition to Blow delivering some quite evokative message at the time to the attention of a majority of his alter egos…

“Now the next little item that I wanna discuss is about the sucker rappers who must be smokin’ dust. When you make the kinda records that diss females, frontin’ on a story when it’s just a tall tale. To diss a female is a lowdown shame, but you suckers make the records cause you wanna get fame. All you, radio cats: don’t play that crap. Can’t you see they’re messin’ up in all the name of the rap?” But no wonder. “I’m Chillin'”, he sings…

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A native of Harlem, NYC, Kurtis Blow studied communication and ministry. He managed to be the first Rapper to be signing a recording deal with a major company at the age of 20. This back in 1979 with Mercury releasing the seasonal ‘Christmas Rappin” which sold more than 500,000 copies. His debut eponymous album bringin’ him another hit by the likes of ‘The Breaks’ the year after along with the influential ‘Throughout Your Years’.

‘Party Time?’, his fourth album came to put an end to a dry period in the charts for Blow back in 1983. Meanwhile fusing elements of Hip-Hop with Go-Go influences such as brilliantly showcased on its title track. Its follow-up – ‘Ego Trip’ – including the hits ‘8 Million Stories’, ‘AJ Scratch’ and ‘Basketball’ the year after. Extra successes comin’ up in 1985 by the likes of the title track of his ‘America’ album and ‘If I Ruled The World’. Its follow-up, ‘Kingdom Blow’, failing to make it due to a particularly bad reception. And this despite the presence of the boilin’ hot ‘I’m Chillin” that saw him jammin’ once again with Go-Go famous Trouble Funk.

Blow then most likely moved into production with his recording career waning by the second half of the 80’s. This on the heels of collaborations he’d done with numerous luminaries almost since his debut as an artist. From Sweet G to the Fat Boys and The Krush Groove All Stars. But also Oran ‘Juice’ Jones. No to mention his contribution to the memorable ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ by the likes of René & Angela back in 1985. Then to the Artists Against Apartheid record ‘Sun City’ the same year.

Kurtis received his salvation “born again” in 1994. He became an ordained minister on Aug. 16, 2009. As the founder of The Hip-Hop Church in Harlem, he serves as rapper, DJ, worship leader and licensed minister.

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