Released December 7, 1979, this was the first rap song issued on a major label. Kurtis Blow recorded it with the help of producers Robert Ford and J.B. Moore. They took it to Mercury Records, who signed Kurtis to a two-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, selling about 400,000 copies and proving there was a viable market for the upstart genre. The second single was "The Breaks
," which became the first rap song certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies. Kurtis got the album deal and became the first rapper signed to a major label.