Run–D.M.C. is an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run–D.M.C. is one of the best-known hip hop acts in the 1980s.
The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship. On April 4, 2009, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, Run–D.M.C. became only the second hip hop group in history to be inducted, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
They were the first group in the genre to:
- Have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984)
- Be nominated for a Grammy Award
- Earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985)
- Earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986)
- Have videos on MTV
- Appear on American Bandstand
- Appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Run–D.M.C. was also the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.
You Be Illin’
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