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Run-D.M.C.

More than any other hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the trio were tougher and more menacing than their predecessors Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. In the process, they opened the door for both the politicized rap of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions, as well as the hedonistic gangsta fantasies of N.W.A. At the same time, Run-D.M.C. helped move rap from a singles-oriented genre to an album-oriented one -- they were the first hip-hop artist to construct full-fledged albums, not just collections with two singles and a bunch of filler. By the end of the '80s, Run-D.M.C. had been overtaken by the groups they had spawned, but they continued to perform to a dedicated following well into the '90s.

All three members of Run-D.M.C. were natives of the middle-class New York borough Hollis, Queens. Run (born Joseph Simmons, November 14, 1964) was the brother of Russell Simmons, who formed the hip-hop management company Rush Productions in the early '80s; by the mid-'80s, Russell had formed the pioneering record label Def Jam with Rick Rubin. Russell encouraged his brother Joey and his friend Darryl McDaniels (born May 31, 1964) to form a rap duo. The pair of friends did just that, adopting the names Run and D.M.C., respectively. After they graduated from high school in 1982, the pair enlisted their friend Jason Mizell (born January 21, 1965) to scratch turntables; Mizell adopted the stage name Jam Master Jay.

In 1983, Run-D.M.C. released their first single, "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s," on Profile Records. The single sounded like no other rap at the time -- it was spare, blunt, and skillful, with hard beats and powerful, literate, daring vocals, where Run and D.M.C.'s vocals overlapped, as they finished each other's lines. It was the first "new school" hip-hop recording. "It's Like That" became a Top 20 R&B hit, as did the group's second single, "Hard Times"/"Jam Master Jay." Two other hit R&B singles followed in early 1984 -- "Rock Box" and "30 Days" -- before the group's eponymous debut appeared.

By the time of their second album, 1985's King of Rock, Run-D.M.C. had become the most popular and influential rappers in America, already spawning a number of imitators. As the King of Rock title suggests, the group were breaking down the barriers between rock & roll and rap, rapping over heavy metal records and thick, dense drum loops. Besides releasing the King of Rock album and scoring the R&B hits "King of Rock," "You Talk Too Much," and "Can You Rock It Like This" in 1985, the group also appeared in the rap movie Krush Groove, which also featured Kurtis Blow, the Beastie Boys, and the Fat Boys.

Run-D.M.C.'s fusion of rock and rap broke into the mainstream with their third album, 1986's Raising Hell. The album was preceded by the Top Ten R&B single "My Adidas," which set the stage for the group's biggest hit single, a cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Recorded with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, "Walk This Way" was the first hip-hop record to appeal to both rockers and rappers, as evidenced by its peak position of number four on the pop charts. In the wake of the success of "Walk This Way," Raising Hell became the first rap album to reach number one on the R&B charts, to chart in the pop Top Ten, and to go platinum, and Run-D.M.C. were the first rap act to received airplay on MTV -- they were the first rappers to cross over into the pop mainstream. Raising Hell also spawned the hit singles "You Be Illin'" and "It's Tricky."

Run-D.M.C. spent most of 1987 recording Tougher Than Leather, their follow-up to Raising Hell. Tougher Than Leather was accompanied by a movie of the same name. Starring Run-D.M.C., the film was an affectionate parody of '70s blaxploitation films. Although Run-D.M.C. had been at the height of their popularity when they were recording and filming Tougher Than Leather, by the time the project was released, the rap world had changed. Most of the hip-hop audience wanted to hear hardcore political rappers like Public Enemy, not crossover artists like Run-D.M.C. Consequently, the film bombed and the album only went platinum, failing to spawn any significant hit singles.

Two years after Tougher Than Leather, Run-D.M.C. returned with Back From Hell, which became their first album not to go platinum. Following its release, both Run and D.M.C. suffered personal problems as McDaniels suffered a bout of alcoholism and Simmons was accused of rape. After McDaniels sobered up and the charges against Simmons were dismissed, both of the rappers became born-again Christians, touting their religious conversion on the 1993 album Down With the King. Featuring guest appearances and production assistance from artists as diverse as Public Enemy, EPMD, Naughty by Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Neneh Cherry, Pete Rock, and KRS-One, Down With the King became the comeback Run-D.M.C. needed. The title track became a Top Ten R&B hit and the album went gold, peaking at number 21. Although they were no longer hip-hop innovators, the success of Down With the King proved that Run-D.M.C. were still respected pioneers.

After a long studio hiatus, the trio returned in early 2000 with Crown Royal. The album did little to add to their ailing record sales, but the following promotional efforts saw them join Aerosmith and Kid Rock for a blockbuster performance on MTV. By 2002, the release of two greatest-hits albums prompted a tour with Aerosmith that saw them travel the U.S., always performing "Walk This Way" to transition between their sets. Sadly, only weeks after the end of the tour, Jam Master Jay was senselessly murdered in a studio session in Queens. Only 37 years old, the news of his passing spread quick and hip-hop luminaries like Big Daddy Kane and Funkmaster Flex took the time to pay tribute to him on New York radio stations. Possibly the most visible DJ in the history of hip-hop, his death was truly the end of an era and unfortunately perpetuated the cycle of violence that has haunted the genre since the late '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At Montreux 2001

1. Intro (Live)

2. It's Like That (Live)

3. It's Tricky (Live)

4. Medley: Rock Box / Sucker Mc's / Freestyle (Live)

5. King Of Rock (Live)

6. Interlude (Live)

7. Mary Mary (Live)

8. Walk This Way (Live)

9. School Of Old (Live)

10. It's Over (Live)

11. Run's Freestyle (Live)

12. Peter Piper (Live)

13. Down With The King (Live)

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Track List: Crown Royal (Explicit)

1. It's Over

2. Queens Day

3. Crown Royal

4. Them Girls

5. The School Of Old

6. Take The Money And Run

7. Rock Show

8. Here We Go 2001

9. Ahhh

10. Let's Stay Together (Together Forever)

11. Ay Papi

12. Simmons Incorporated

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Track List: Down With The King

1. Down With The King

2. Come On Everybody

3. Can I Get It, Yo

4. Hit 'Em Hard

5. To The Maker

6. 3 In The Head

7. Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do

8. Big Willie

9. Three Little Indians

10. In The House

11. Can I Get A Witness

12. Get Open

13. What's Next

14. Wreck Shop

15. For 10 Years

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Track List: Back From Hell

1. Sucker D.J.'s

2. The Ave.

3. What's It All About

4. Bob Your Head

5. Faces

6. Kick The Frama Lama Lama

7. Pause

8. Word Is Born

9. Back From Hell

10. Don't Stop

11. Groove To The Sound

12. P Upon A Tree

13. Naughty

14. Livin' In The City

15. Not Just Another Groove

16. Party Time

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Track List: Tougher Than Leather

1. Run's House

2. Mary, Mary

3. They Call Us Run-D.M.C.

4. Beats To The Rhyme

5. Radio Station

6. Papa Crazy

7. Tougher Than Leather

8. I'm Not Going Out Like That

9. How'd Ya Do It Dee

10. Miss Elaine

11. Soul To Rock And Roll

12. Ragtime

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Track List: Raising Hell

1. Peter Piper

2. It's Tricky

3. My Adidas

4. Walk This Way

5. Is It Live

6. Perfection

7. Hit It RUN

8. Raising Hell

9. You Be Illin'

10. Dumb Girl

11. Son Of Byford

12. Proud To Be Black

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Track List: King Of Rock

1. Rock The House

2. King Of Rock

3. You Talk Too Much

4. Jam-Master Jammin'

5. Roots, Rap, Reggae

6. Can You Rock It Like This

7. You're Blind

8. It's Not Funny

9. Daryl And Joe

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Track List: Run--D.M.C.

1. Hard Times

2. Rock Box

3. Jam-Master Jay

4. Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)

5. Sucker M.C's (Krush -Groove 1)

6. It's Like That

7. Wake Up

8. 30 Days

9. Jay's Game

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Look under your pillow
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I really need to get my jam on
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King of Rock. Yeah!!
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Was absolutely nothing like them at the time ! RUN DMC, Egyptian Lover, Whodini (man that used to sound great in my car )
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My adidas
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Put its tricky please I love your songs
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Very few (solo-tick'n - a r o u n d ) .
The musicof Run -D
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Run-D.M.C. has brought the eighties "Hip-hop scene"back to the 21st Century Summer 2016........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Walk This Way
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IT'S TRICKY
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Just one of the many fine tracks. It's tricky and ooh watcha gonna do. Rock on.
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Run DMC - has a battle to settle- you will see Jay my friend again- wow. The lyrics are the "DEAL"! So much fun. Real hip hop. Thanks.
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Kassandra. Sandoval
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Love this song R I P jam master jay youre loved and truly missed
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The greatest hip hop group... Ever!!
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It's always bangin fool
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That bass and lyrics still bangin
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YES!! KINGS OF ROCK!!!
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Agree with steezys!
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the mutha f**king Kings of rock and hip hop mutha fuckas
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually worksDon't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you'v
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually worksDon't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you'v
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually works



Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now y
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually works
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually works
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually works
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy cause it actually works
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love this song
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Transporter sound track
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Not bad meaning bad
But bad meaning good...
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Rip Van Winkle fell the hell asleep
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It's tricky
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I love your song
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. If your reading this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 different songs in143 minutes. When your done press your space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is freaky it actually works.
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crush name
Pick a school day
And your crush will you ask you out on a date
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suh dude
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Love the hip hop in Brooklyn's East N Y was the best year bring it back in 80 90
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Back when Hip Hop was truly Hip Hop, damn I miss those days!
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Did they ever figure out who murdered Jam Master J
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It's Tricky tricky tricky
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Dam its 2016'' its the 30 year Anniversary of The Raising Hell Album and the Beastie Boys License To Ill Album R.I.P 2 M.C.A! Dam i was in 5th Grade when Both of these Classics came out. lol True Story i remember my teacher would let us bring records from home to play on Fridays at school lol most of the black kids in my class all brought Micheal Jackson, Prince,or something there parents listened to i Brought The Beastie Boys and LLCoolJ everybody looked at me Crazy when i played my Records lol
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1984'' 85'' and 86'' Belonged too The Tru Kings Of Rap Run Dmc The Kings of Rock and Raising Hell, was their Best 3 Albums i only liked a few songs on Tougher Than Leather,but after That they pretty much was done, and i always though LL Cool J was their Rival Competion with His 1985'' Classic album ''Radio'' O.m.g Remeber in Krush Groove L.L.Cool J was Letting Run Dmc Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin know Here i Come, and Def Jam was Born All Ledgends way ahead of Their time. R.I.P Jam Master Jay!
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All you idiots don't realize it's JMJ that passed, not Run? This kinda s**t happens when kids who have no clue start commenting. Ask your moms and them about RUN DMC
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JAM MASTER J.MY BIG BRO FO LIFE!!!R.I.P ! ! ! ! ! !
MET EM1NCE...VER Y LEGENDARY N DA CITY A-TOWN!!!!!
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THIS DA HARD-EST CUT EVER RECORD-ED R.I.P. BRO!!!!
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Ole skool poppin and dancing .....your butt remember road show at the park
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When they came out with my Adidas, That was a sh I w stopper. Records sracth all around the world..
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My s**t!
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