Kurtis Blow Recovering From Heart Transplant Surgery in LA

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Hip-hop icon Kurtis Blow is recovering from a heart transplant surgery he underwent in Los Angeles on Sunday, the Washington Informer reports.

“We give all glory to God for the perfect heart and transplant,” the rapper’s wife told the outlet. “Keep the prayers and praises up. God does all things well.”

This is the 61-year-old’s music legend’s third heart procedure in two years according to the Informer. He first had to repair an aortic artery in 2019 and then underwent a second procedure shortly after.

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The “Christmas Rappin’” artist started out his career in 1979, when he became the first rapper signed by a major label.

His new take on Christmas songs resonated with audiences, and “Christmas Rappin’” became one of the most commercially successful rap singles at the time.

A year later, “The Breaks” single became the first certified gold record rap song.

Born as Kurtis Walker, he continued his career as a rapper, singer, songwriter, b-boy, DJ, actor and producer.

The hip-hop artist also helped to produce, compose, and rap in the single “King Holiday,” which celebrated the inaugural federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1986. The all-star chorus of singers included Whitney Houston, the boy band Menudo, New Edition, as well as rappers Walker, The Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Grandmaster Melle Mell, and Whodini.

In 2009, the rapper became an ordained minister. According to a press release, he helped relaunch the Hip-Hop Church last year in Harlem.

In 2016, Walker was unanimously elected as Chairman of The Universal Hip Hop Museum, which is expected to open in 2023 in the Bronx.