Run–D.M.C. was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run–D.M.C. was one of the most well-known hip hop acts in the 1980s who, along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music. They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984) and be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986) the first to have videos on MTV, the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone. Run–D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.
Run's House is an American reality television series that debuted on October 13, 2005. The series chronicles the family life of former Run–D.M.C. rapper and hip-hop music pioneer Joseph Simmons, also known as Rev Run. Its theme song and show name are from the Run-D.M.C. album Tougher Than Leather. It was filmed in the Simmons family home in Saddle River, New Jersey; the Simmons offices in Manhattan, New York; and the apartment shared by Joseph's daughters, Vanessa and Angela, in Los Angeles, California.
"Walk This Way" is a song by American hard rock group Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the song was originally released as the second single from the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977, part of a string of successful hit singles for the band in the 1970s. In addition to being one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the 1970s, it also helped revitalize their career in the 1980s when it was covered by rappers Run–D.M.C. on their 1986 album Raising Hell. This cover was a touchstone for the new musical sub-genre of rap rock, or the melding of rock and hip hop. It became an international hit and won both groups a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single in 1987.
"Hard Times" is a rap song written by Jimmy Bralower, J.B. Moore, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith and William Waring originally recorded by Kurtis Blow for his eponymous debut album.
"King of Rock" is a 1985 single by Run–D.M.C. and the title track from their album King of Rock. It was featured on the video games Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, and is a downloadable track on Rock Band 3. The song was sampled for Michael Jackson's song "2 Bad" and was performed by the group at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Eddie Martinez is the song's lead guitarist and appears in the video.
"Mary, Mary" is a song written by Michael Nesmith. It was first recorded by The Butterfield Blues Band for their 1966 album, East-West. The Monkees, featuring Nesmith, would later record the song themselves. The rap group, Run–D.M.C., revived the song in the late 1980s with a cover version that hit the R&B and pop charts in the United States.
"You Be Illin' " is the third single released by Run–D.M.C. from their third album, Raising Hell. It was released in 1986 through Profile Records as the follow-up to the rap rock crossover hit, "Walk This Way", and was produced by Run-D.M.C. The song performed well on the U.S. charts, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Hot Black Singles chart.
"Rock Box" is a 1984 hit single by Run–D.M.C.. It is the third single from their self-titled debut album, originally released through Profile Records, Inc. The heavy rock guitar riff and solos are original compositions performed by Eddie Martinez, also seen playing the electric guitar in the music video. DJ Jam Master Jay programmed the song's hip-hop beat. The single reached No. 26 on the Hot Dance Club Songs
Crown Royal is a 2001 album by hip hop pioneers Run–D.M.C., It is their seventh and final album. It was released about 18 months before the murder of Jam-Master Jay. All songs but the title track featured guest artists, including Fred Durst, Stephan Jenkins and Sugar Ray, Everlast, Kid Rock, Nas, Prodigy and Method Man.
"Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" was the first single released from Run–D.M.C.'s sixth studio album, Down with the King. It was released on February 6, 1993, by Profile Records and was produced by legendary production team, The Bomb Squad. In the United States, the song peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 21 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
"Christmas in Hollis" is a single by Run–D.M.C. that was included on two 1987 Christmas compilation albums featuring various artists: A Very Special Christmas (A&M 3911) and Christmas Rap (Profile 1247). A&M Records originally released the song as a single in 1987 off of the A Very Special Christmas album. The track was produced by the group along with Rick Rubin, and has become very popular during the holiday season. It reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2000, 13 years after it was first released.
Raising Hell is the third album by hip hop group Run–D.M.C.. The breakthrough album trumped standing perceptions of commercial viability for hip-hop groups, achieving triple-platinum status and receiving critical attention from quarters that had previously ignored hip hop, dismissing it as a fad.
"Sucker M.C.'s" (also known as "Krush-Groove 1" or "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" and sometimes spelled as "Sucker MCs", "Sucker MC's" or "Sucker M.C.s") is a song by American hip hop group Run–D.M.C. It was first released in 1983 on a cassette as B-side to "It's like That". The two-sided release marked the start of Run-D.M.C.'s career as their first single, and it is widely regarded as ushering in a new school of hip hop artists with a street image and an abrasive, minimalist sound that marked them out from their predecessors. Both tracks were collected on the trio's eponymous debut album in 1984. WBAU was the first station to play the two songs.
"Faces" was the final single released from Run–D.M.C.'s fifth studio album, Back from Hell. It was released on March 11, 1991, by Profile Records and was produced by Jam Master Jay. "Faces" peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
Back from Hell is the fifth album from American rap group Run–D.M.C., released in 1990. This album features Jam Master Jay singing. Tracks like "Faces" and "Pause" introduce a new musical style: New Jack Swing. The track "What's It All About" contains a sample of "Fools Gold" by Manchester group The Stone Roses.
Tougher Than Leather is a 1988 studio album for American rap group Run–D.M.C. and a follow-up to their hit Raising Hell. While the new record did not maintain the same popularity as its predecessor, it obtained platinum status and spawned the favorites "Run's House" and "Mary, Mary" (built around a sample from The Monkees' song). Despite being given a mixed reception at the time of its release, it is now hailed as a seminal classic in hip-hop and many see it as an underrated album.
Down with the King the sixth album by hip hop group Run–D.M.C.. This album was generally received more favorably by fans and critics than the group's previous album, Back from Hell.
King of Rock is the second album by hip hop trio Run–D.M.C.. Produced in 1985, the album sees the group adopting a more rock-influenced sound, with several tracks prominently featuring heavy guitar riffs.
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