Run–D.M.C. was 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. What happened with this iconic trio?

Early Years

The three members of Run–D.M.C. grew up in Hollis, Queens, New York. Founded in 1981 founded by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jam Master Jay.

Run–D.M.C. is one of the best-known hip hop acts in the 1980s


They were the first of the genre to have a gold album “Run-DMC 1984.”


And they were nominated for a Grammy Award.


They were the first to earn a platinum record “Kind Of Rock 1985.”


And the first to earn a multiplatinum certification “Raising Hell 1986.”


The first to have video’s on M-TV


They were the first of the genre to appear on American Bandstand.


And the firt of the genre to appear on the cover of Rolling Stones magazine.


Run–D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.


In 1986 they were an Adidas-rocking rap group on its way up, Aerosmith a quickly fading rock band that had achieved its peak so they helped with a rendition of “Walk This Way.”tumblr_me0wjzTNk01qlsrn9o1_500[1]

The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC & DJ relationship.

In 2007, Run–D.M.C. was named “The Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time” by and “Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time” by V-H1.

Hall of Fame

On April 4, 2009, rapper Eminem inducted them into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. In doing so, Run–D.M.C. became only the second hip hop group in history to be inducted.

Over the next few years, the group did very little recording.



Simmons got divorced, remarried, and began to focus on his spiritual and philanthropic endeavors by becoming a reverend. He also wrote a book alongside his brother Russell. He secured his family quite well even having his own tv reality show called “Run’s House” which was short lived.


McDaniels, also married, made an appearance on the Notorious B.I.G.’s s 1997 double-album Life after Death, and focused on raising his family. Though the group continued to tour around the world, over a decade of living a rap superstar lifestyle was beginning to take a toll on McDaniels. He was beginning to tire of Run–D.M.C., and there was increased friction between him and Simmons, who was eager to return to recording. (Simmons had at this time adopted the moniker “Rev. Run” in light of his religious conversion.) While on tour in Europe in 1997, McDaniels’ ongoing battle with substance abuse led to a bout of severe depression, which spurred an addiction to prescription drugs. McDaniels’ depression continued for years, so much so that he contemplated suicide.

Jam Master Jay

On October 30, 2002, Jam-Master Jay was shot and killed at his recording studio in Queens. Outside the studio where the murder occurred, fans and friends gathered and left Adidas sneakers, albums, and flowers for the legendary DJ. The homicide has yet to be solved, echoing the unsolved murders of fellow hip hop titans The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. In the aftermath, Run and DMC announced that the group was officially disbanding, and they retired the Run–D.M.C. moniker.