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This was the first Rap song released on a major label. Kurtis recorded this with the help of producers Robert Ford and J.B. Moore. They took it to Mercury Records, who signed Kurtis to a 2-single deal, under the condition that If both singles were successful, he would get an album deal. "Christmas Rappin'" was the first single, and it did very well. The second single was "The Breaks," and it became the first rap song to be certified as a gold record, selling over 500,000 copies. Kurtis got the album deal and became the first rapper signed to a major label.
Every Christmas, this would sell more copies. After eight years, it went gold.
In our interview with Kurtis Blow, he explained: "J.B. Moore wrote the first half of the song, the Christmas part. I did all of the party part, the second half of the song. I wrote all of that on a train ride down to the studio around Christmas time."
Kurtis' first album contained the second half of this, a song called "Rappin' Blow, Part 2."
The R&B group Next sampled this on their song "Too Close," which was a huge hit in 1998. It was #1 in the US for 5 weeks.
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