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Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” was the first Hip-Hop single to go Gold


The Breaks, released on June 14, 1980, by Kurtis Blow, was the first single to go gold. The Breaks was produced by J.B. Moore & Robert Ford Jr. The song was released on 's self-titled major label “Kurtis Blow.”

The Breaks spent six weeks on and peaked at No. 87 on the Hot 100. The single was the first certified gold song, and the second certified gold 12-inch song/single in the history of .

Kurtis Blow's “The Breaks” was the first hip-hop single to go gold

The Breaks was also the first rap song to have a chorus.

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Kurtis Blow and his plaque for "The Breaks"

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