The song brought Kurtis Blow back into the spotlight and earned he and his co-writers (Davy DMX and AJ Scratch) a nice payday. Kurtis was the first rapper signed to a major label, and his 1980 song "The Breaks
" was the first rap single certified as a Gold record. He was one of the most popular rappers of the early and mid-'80s, but he lost ground later in the decade to acts like Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy. He became an ambassador for classic hip-hip and showed up from time to time as an MC, including on the popular Christmas production The Hip Hop Nutcracker.