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Down-to-earth Kurtis Blow anchors Ultimate Family Reunion

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It's always great to hang out with family, even if it's a few thousand members.

This past Saturday (June 23) was absolutely wonderful at the 103.5 WRBO Ultimate Family Reunion. Although the sun was shining bright and working at full capacity, it was a fun-packed evening filled with music, dancing and fellowship. We enjoyed performances by local artists Devin Crutcher, Kevin Davidson, as well a seven year old, Eddie Starks Jr., whom you soon will be hearing more about.

Shouts out to my colleague, DJ Kevaunjay, who kept the crowd hyped with songs that personify what real family reunions are all about.

"It went very well," said WRBO Program Director Earle Augustus. "I was very pleased as to the amount of listeners who came out and showed love to our station, both young, old and even in-between. We look forward to doing it again next year!"

The headliner was Kurtis Blow, who performed his string of hits. Surprisingly, off stage he was a real down to earth guy. Not that I expected him to be anything other than approachable, but here's a guy who has accomplished so much in his music career. Blow was the first rapper to have a gold record and the first featured in a commercial (for Sprite back in the mid 80's).

OK, maybe I'm the only one who remembers that besides him. But you get my point – the man is legendary.

I made sure I told him how "Krush Groove" was probably my favorite hip-hop movie. The 1985 Warner Bros. film was based on Def Jam Recordings' formulative years. Blair Underwood, in his first feature movie, manned the role of up-and-coming record producer Russell Walker, who was modeled after the real-life Russell Simmons. Walker had corralled the hottest acts on his Krush Groove record label, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (Alonzo Brown), and Kurtis Blow.

I told Blow, who I always pictured as being a little taller than I found him to be, the story of how my mother was among his biggest fans. Back in 1986, she had a picture of him – taken from an issue of Right On Magazine – in a frame on the wall in her room. She's gonna kill me for that one.

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