Kurtis Blow Talks To VladTV About Prince Supporting King Holiday Single

[youtube id=”V9xIsaO-nRQ”] Kurtis Blow talks to VladTV about Dexter King asking him to create a song for his father Martin Luther King Jr. and how Prince paid $90,000 to create the video. El DeBarge, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, New Edition and Stephanie Mills were some of the artists to appear on “King Holiday.” The song was a celebration of the actual King holiday that started January 20, 1986. Prince did not have any creative input on the song but had respect for King’s work.

Watch the video for “King Holiday”:

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The History Of Rap/DJ Hollywood

When the story of hip-hop is told most times it is always the Holy Trinity of Herc, Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. They are indeed pioneers but for some reason DJ Hollywood’s story always gets lost in the other stories. But it is Hollywood who opened the floodgate for the emcee to become the focal point of hip-hop. Before Hollywood the focus was the DJ who played for the b-boys and b-girls in the park. It is he who started the phrase “Throw ya hands in the air and wave ’em like you just don’t care.” Every rapper has been influenced by Hollywood directly or indirectly through hip-hop’s musical lineage that frequently recalls James Brown, Muhammad Ali, West African griots, Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, the struggles of the Black underclass and the posh discovery of it by whites in downtown New York and the corporate boardroom but not the man who had the first most significant club dates. Kurtis Blow has produced this documentary “The History Of Rap” and made sure to explain the importance of Hollywood’s role in hip-hop.

King Dream Chorus And Holiday Crew-King Holiday

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“King Holiday” was recorded and released in 1986 and it happened because Dexter King called Kurtis Blow to ask for him help raising money for the King Foundation. Blow wrote the song with Phil Barnes and Melle Mel. Together they were able to organize a diverse group of R&B and hip-hop stars from the ’80’s to make the song and video a reality.