Run-DMC

Run DMC broke barriers in the 1980s as a commercial rap group that maintained street credibility. Consisting of Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, the trio stands atop a long list of firsts: They were the first rappers to be nominated for a Grammy; first rappers to receive RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum plaque; first rappers to have a video added to MTV. They have defined rap with four classic releases in the ‘80s, beginning with their 1984 self-titled debut and ending with the 1998 release of Tougher Than Leather.  In 2002, Jam Master Jay was shot and killed in an unsolved murder in Queens. Simmons (now a minister known as Reverend Run) went on to reality show fame as the star of the family-focused MTV hit, Run's House.

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When Hip Hop Meets Country

Darius Rucker wants to do a hip hop mashup.

Snoop Dogg Blasts the Grammys

Uncle Snoop says "f**k you" to the Recording Academy on behalf of hip hop.

Rap Reunions

Pusha T and Consequence, and other hip hop makeups.

Run-D.M.C. Producer Larry Smith Dies at 63

Hip hop loses one of its trailblazing talents.

Rick Rubin Explains How Def Jam Style Inspired Fashion

Artists like Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Run DMC were inspired with their fashion choices.

Out and About: Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Love and On the Run

Plus, pics of Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kerry Washington and more.
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