Thursday, March 19, 2009
Perhaps no single influence in modern pop culture resonates stronger than Run D.M.C.
As a group they single handedly gave Rap and hip-hop culture a household name. The reason why Rap Music and any type of merchandising related to hip-hop culture is the most profitable vehicle in the entertainment biz can be traced directly back to Run D.M.C. They are the first to do everything that's related to success in Rap...Period
The highly influential hip hop group from the Hollis Queens borough of New York City. Founded by Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and are credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them number 48 in their list of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by MTV.com They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, the second hip-hop group to be inducted.
After signing with Profile Records, Run-D.M.C. released their first single "It's Like That/Sucker MCs", in late 1983. The sound was a revolution in hip hop; aggressive, cocky rhymes over spare, minimal, hard-hitting beats. Previously, rap music had been chiefly funk and disco-influenced, but Run-D.M.C.'s sound, like their name, was unlike anything that had been heard in rap before.
To read more about these Legends of Rap, click on "Pop Culture Icons Vol. 2... Run D.M.C." Located above. McLuvin signing off!!!!!!!!