Staying Young

Not all aging has to be this disappointing disappearance of what made a man special. I’m not saying that a subscription is going to keep good men good (although it can’t help) but I am suggesting that we hold our public figures to higher standards of “good.” As a society, it might be better if …

Whose House?

Rev Run had a reality show in the early 2000s focused on his family, his faith, his relationships, and his world in general. This was the prime time for moderately known celebrities known for one thing to become famous to a whole new generation for an entirely different thing. Thousands of hip hop fans knew …

Post Band

In 2002, Jam-Master Jay was shot and killed at a recording studio in Jamaica – a still unsolved crime. Run and DMC immediately released a statement announcing the disbanding of the group. Jay’s memorial featured albums, flowers, and Adidas sneakers.   The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 …

Run-D.M.C.

This was the debut studio-recorded album, dropped in 1984. It broke ground – it was hip hop but it was aggressive, it was hard, it lacked the funky light carefree style of the time. And the music could be sparse behind the vocals – or the vocals could be sparse behind the beat. There was …

Russell

Russell does everything so we’re gonna give him his own entry. He claims that seeing Eddie Cheeba in 1977 led him to a career in hip hop – he started by cofounding Def Jam records in 1983. He produced a movie in 1985. He produced HBO comedy specials and hit Eddie Murphy flicks. He co-founded …

Who is Run DMC?

Run DMC is Joe Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell – they formed Run DMC in 1981 Queens and are now widely recognized as the most influential groups in music.  The had a SOUND – it was an “explode through your walls and yell at you” sound. The beats were heavy, almost the focal point …