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Blessed with a booming, elastic, singsong voice, he became the first MC to sign with a major label in 1979—hot on the heels of the "Rapper's Delight" phenomenon—and dropped the hit single "Christmas Rappin'."He came right back with a self-titled debut album the following year, powered by "The Breaks," which became the first gold single in rap history.
Blow's exuberant flow on the cut still thrills three decades later.
Assuming Hank would look out for him somewhere down the road, Caz let him study a book of his rhymes before the recording session—indeed, you can hear Hank say "I'm the C-A-S-A-N-O-V-A and the rest is F-L-Y" in the first verse of the record.
Unfortunately Caz received nothing for his contributions to rap's first worldwide hit.
"The Breaks"In 1980 Kurtis Blow wasn't just the best rapper alive, he was the first rapper to show and prove that a career in rap was even possible.He would continue to be a force in hip-hop, touring the world, producing, and acting, but this was the year when it first came together for him.Harlem native Spoonie Gee's fresh rhymes on "Spoonin' Rap" contained the first references to jailhouse life in rap music, including the invaluable advice "Please my brother, don't drop the soap." As the standout member of the Treacherous Three, Kool Moe Dee distinguished himself on cuts like "Love Rap," "New Rap Language," and "Body Rock." Brooklyn rapper Jimmy Spicer's "Adventures of Super Rhyme (Rap)" gave him enough clout to become one of the first artists signed to Russell Simmons' Rush Management.It’s still important to consider that the Best Rapper Alive debate is different from the GOAT conversation.Being the BRA doesn’t mean you’re the biggest or the most successful; it just means you're the Best at one particular moment.
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But he did tell his side of the story in 2000 when he dropped the single "My MC Delight (Casanova's Revenge)".