Personalities | Run DMC | Eighties | Rock

(Rap group, 1982–2002)

Pioneers of hip hop, Run was born Joseph Simmons; DMC was Darryl McDaniel; with Jam Master Jay (b. Jason Mizell) on the decks. Their big, simple beats were heard on the eponymous debut (1983) and King Of Rock (1985), and as part of the first and best rock-rap crossover ‘Walk This Way’ with Aerosmith. Run eventually translated his socially conscious raps into a Christian ministry. ‘It’s Like That’ topped the UK chart in 1998, but their story ended in tragedy with the shooting of Jay in 2002.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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