Ego Trip (Kurtis Blow album)

Ego Trip is an album by the rapper Kurtis Blow, released in 1984 on Mercury Records.[6][7] The only charting singles were "8 Million Stories," which peaked at 45 on the Hot Black Singles chart, and "Basketball," which peaked at 71 on the Hot 100.

Ego Trip
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Studio album by
GenreOld school hip hop
822 420
ProducerJ.B. Moore
Robert Ford Jr.
Kurtis Blow chronology
The Best Rapper on the Scene
Ego Trip
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Trouser Press dubbed Ego Trip one of Blow's "state-of-the-art in an almost mainstream vein" early albums, noting that the inclusion of Run-D.M.C. was a "concerted effort to get hipper."[8] The Washington Post wrote that Blow "knows how to mix plain talk with his rhymes, so that his records carry an extra bit of street feel, but his most impressive moments come when he exploits the studio, as he does on the intoxicatingly sinuous 'AJ Scratch'."[9] The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that "the hit single 'Eight Million Stories' suggests that other people are worthier subjects of his songwriting than Kurtis Blow."[4]

In a tribute to "Basketball" and its legacy, Slam wrote that "none of the NBA/hip-hop empire building happens—or at the very least none of it happens the way we remember it happening—without the skills of Kurtis Blow."[10]

Track listingEdit

  1. "8 Million Stories" – 8:00 (featuring Run-D.M.C.)
  2. "AJ Scratch" – 5:48
  3. "Basketball" – 6:30
  4. "Under Fire" – 7:23
  5. "I Can't Take it No More" – 4:14
  6. "Ego Trip" – 5:34
  7. "Fallin Back in Love Again" – 5:23


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 83
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 18

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1985) Position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 47


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "B". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 17, 2020 – via
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 1: MUZE. pp. 692–693.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (24 Aug 1984). "ALBUMS". The Philadelphia Inquirer: F26.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 69.
  6. ^ "Kurtis Blow | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Sacha; Wilson, Elliott; Mao, Jeff; Alvarez, Gabe; Rollins, Brent (March 25, 2014). "Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists". St. Martin's Publishing Group – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Kurtis Blow". Trouser Press. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  9. ^ Considine, J. D. (November 29, 1984). "Hip-Hop to Freshness" – via
  10. ^ "How Kurtis Blow and the Exploding Popularity of the NBA Turned a Generation On To Hip-Hop". SLAM. March 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kurtis Blow Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  12. ^ "Kurtis Blow Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  13. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1985". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2020.