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Kurtis Blow was the first rapper on a magazine cover

In 1983, Kurtis Blow—who is the first rapper for a lot of things in Hip-Hop—covered ‘Right on! Focus Magazine’ for their Winter 1983 “How You Can Become A Rapper — RAP MUSIC” issue. The magazine cover also mentioned Grandmaster Flash, who released The Message a year before and the Hip-hop element “Breakdancing.”

Right On! Focus was an American teen magazine which focused on African American celebrities and was published from 1971 to 2011.

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Kurtis Blow was the first rapper on a magazine cover

Kurtis Blow has numerous of firsts in Hip-Hop.

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