His tremendous impact, influence, popularity, and recognition have earned him the respect and fame to be amongst the giants of the music industry. Most notably, in a career of over 30 years, Bambaata revolutionized Hip Hop more than any other person and greatly influenced the electronic/dance worlds and helped substantiate a culture that still affects us today.
RUN DMC – Born Run-DMC – Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell
- From : Hollis Queens, New York
- Date of Birth : April 10, 1960
- Lifeline : 1981 – 2002
- Website : www.rundmc.com
Every turning point in American music has its originator, its progenitor, its King. The blues had W.C. Handy and jazz had Louis Armstrong. Swing had Benny Goodman and bebop had Charlie Parker. Rhythm and blues had Ray Charles and rock and roll had Elvis Presley. Punk rock had the Stooges and disco had Barry White. And hip-hop had Run-DMC – and always will, with their uncompromised vision and attitude, as laid out on their formative albums and singles, serving as the DNA of rap music for more than two decades and counting.
From the first beats of 1983′s “It’s Like That,” their debut single, Run-DMC ignited a revolution that brought hip-hop into the front-line, across television barriers, into the
RIAA platinum realm, and straight ahead to the mash-ups that are today’s new frontiers of rap and rock. It all starts with Run-DMC’s first 4 albums, 1980s classics which have been newly remastered as expanded editions with multiple bonus tracks – a total of 17 tracks between them, including demos, live performances, single B sides, remixes, spiels, and radio spots, most of which are previously unreleased. Arriving in stores September 6th on Profile/Arista/Legacy, are deluxe digipaks of RUN-D.M.C. (1984), the 20th anniversary special edition of KING OF ROCK (1985), RAISING HELL (1986), and TOUGHER THAN LEATHER (1988).
Providing an up-to-the-minute context for the release of these four titles is news of Run’s House, the brand new family-based reality sitcom starring Rev Run (aka Joey Simmons). Run’s House, brought to MTV by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy TV and Russell Simmons, will premiere this fall. Underscoring the series is the long-awaited first solo album project by Rev Run, Distortion, which will arrive in stores September 13th on Russell Simmons Music Group/Island Def Jam. “Mind On the Road,” the album’s first single pick, is highlighted in “Madden 2006,” the latest edition in E/A’s mega-successful football video game series. Due for release on August 9th, the video is expected to sell over 7 million units in North America. All this marks the return to center stage for Rev Run. His activities were dramatically curtailed after the tragic murder of close friend and Run-DMC founding member Jam Master Jay on October 30, 2002, just weeks after the group finished a major tour with Aerosmith and Kid Rock.
Musically, they moved hip hop and rap music away from the funk and disco-oriented sound of its beginnings, into an altogether new and unique sonic imprint. Their sound is directly responsible for intentionally transforming rap music from dance-and club-oriented funk grooves like “Rapper’s Delight” and “The Breaks” to an aggressive, less-danceable approach. Characterized by sparse, hard-hitting beats—as typified on hits like “It’s Like That”, and “Peter Piper”—this would form the foundation of hardcore hip hop (particularly hardcore East Coast hip hop).
In addition to the bonus tracks material on the four new expanded editions, each CD booklet features rare photography and memorabilia from the Run-DMC archive. Also included in each volume are tribute quotes from Eminem, 50 Cent, Ice-T, Pete Rock, MCA of the Beastie Boys, Chris Rock, MC Lyte, Kid Rock, and producer Rick Rubin.
“Until Run-DMC I thought that hip-hop was something that was only going to be done in basements and in clubs,” said Ice-T. “I went to a Run-DMC concert and they actually made me believe that hip-hop could be big. Rap was never at that level. We’d never seen it like that.” Adds Eminem, “Run-DMC broke down the barriers. They were the first real rap stars. Everyone in the game today owes something to them.”
Liner notes have been painstakingly assembled for each album. Bill Adler, original publicist for Rush Management and Profile Records, and author of the definitive biography, Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC (Consafos Press 2002), has written a newly commissioned 1,600-word essay for RUN-D.M.C. Andrew Graham, a Boston-based writer who has covered hip hop and punk for MTV and a variety of publications, has written a newly commissioned 1,700-word essay for KING OF ROCK, which references his interviews with producers, DJs, Profile Records executives, and contemporary indie hip hop figures Larry Smith, Sam Sever, Prince Paul, Ricky Powell, Cory Robbins, El-P, DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert, and others.
A newly commissioned 1,700-word essay for RAISING HELL has been written by Sacha Jenkins, editorial director of Mass Appeal magazine, former editor of Vibe, co-founder of egotrip magazine, and executive producer of the compilation album egotrip’s The Big Playback (Priority, 2000). Last but not least is the indispensable 1,900-word essay for TOUGHER THAN LEATHER written by Chuck D, former frontman for Public Enemy, acclaimed rapper, composer, actor, producer, and co-host of “On The Real,” a daily show on the Air America Radio network.