Monday, January 26, 2009

Run D.M.C., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Run D.M.C..

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://rockhall.com/).

Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-D.M.C. took hip hop from the streets of New York to the national stage. Formed in Hollis, Queens, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop.

They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and they are widely credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music, in part through their 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."

In 2004, Rolling Stone named them one of the greatest musical artists of all time in their "The Immortals" issue. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by MTV.com. They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1.

The group has not performed together since the death of Jam-Master Jay in 2002, though both Simmons and McDaniel continue to pursue solo projects in and out of the world of music.

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