moderated by Prince Charles Alexander, Professor, MPE As one of the founders of hip-hop, Kurtis Blow has been lighting up stages since 1979. Kurtis was just 20 years old when he signed rap's first record deal, igniting a movement that now dominates popular culture. Join us as multi-Grammy award winning engineer Prince Charles Alexander moderates a discussion on hip-hop and Kurtis's career as an artist. Kurtis is responsible for many firsts in hip-hop. First rapper to sign to a major label. First gold record for rap (“The Breaks”). First rapper to tour US and Europe (w/ The Commodores, 1980). First rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite). First rapper to use the drum machine, sample & sample loop. First rap music video (“Basketball”).