When Kurtis Blow Filmed “Back By Popular Demand” on Delancey [Video]

Posted on: October 21st, 2011 at 10:10 am by

Seeing Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons last week at the New York Public Library inspired us to re-watch a bunch of trend-setting hip hop music videos from back in the day.  In doing so, we were reminded of the Kurtis Blow track, “Back by Popular Demand.”  The promo clip takes place almost exclusively on the Lower East Side.

Indeed, the first ninety seconds are dedicated to Delancey Street.  Blow and his posse are seen dancing on the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge.  The scenes are stitched together rather quickly, so scoping the background was a bit tricky.  Aside from the span and entrance, 166 Delancey and Boot Hill shoes are both visible:

And the Loew’s Delancey box at the corner of Norfolk is prominent in all the “open-door” limo shots:

Driving across the bridge:

The full video for “Back by Popular Demand”:

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