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 – the second hip hop group after Grandmaster and the Furious Five. And they have cemented their place in pop culture with a Rev Run reality show in 2005 and a 2016 SNL Cameo from DMC.
They even have a custom branded Adidas sneaker.