(AllHipHop News) The Original King Of Rap recently underwent a serious medical emergency at the UCLA Medical Center. A week ago, Kurtis Blow told his Instagram followers that he had to deal with hematoma from a trip to China. The condition led to the need for an aortic artery repair procedure. On May 5, he returned to IG to give an update on the situation.
A caption on the Instagram post read:
Hey everyone - I started physical therapy yesterday and occupational therapy today. I am on my way to a full recovery 100%. Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes. I love you all and I will be back really soon!! God is most powerful in these times!!!! Please keep the prayers going up so the blessings will come down!!! To God be the glory Amen!!!
Unfortunately, the man born Kurtis Walker apparently had to return to the hospital. Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons addressed the 59-year-old rap legend's current status.
Simmons wrote on IG:
F*ck, Captain Kurt damn!!! He just informed me that prayers are needed ..Please put @kurtisblow THE ORIGINAL “KING OF RAP” back into your prayers. He has been called to second emergency open heart surgery. Kurtis Blow is a survivor, but this is not good. I say this to all who loved his music, his heart is bigger than his music. His family is a testimony to his goodness. His loving wife of at least 35 years and beautiful children are examples of his willingness to give. Let’s all give him the prayers and our blessings. Update from his wife Shirley “Kurtis’s heart is beating on its own. They are closing should finished closing in less than 2 hours. Glory to God Glory to God hallelujah hallelujah” 🙏🏽❤️
Shirley Let us continue to pray
Kurtis Bow is credited as being the first rapper to sign a major label record deal. His 1980 self-titled debut album was a pivotal release in the early days of Hip Hop. The Gold-certified Kurtis Blow single "The Breaks" is often listed as one of the greatest rap songs of all time.