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JMJ Foundation

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The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing funding and resources to support free public school music education programs. Terri Corley-Mizzell created the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music to continue Jay’s legacy of creativity, positivity and community support. The JMJ Foundation is committed to enriching the lives of inner city school students through the contribution of resources to enable, create and/or improve in-school or after school music programs.

Run DMC DJ Headphones  |  $70.00

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Rock the block with these exclusive RUN DMC DJ Headphones. With a comfortable, padded over-ear design, inline volume control and 1/8″ connection, you’ll be ready to rock a rhyme on time.

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1989

Jam Master Jay establishes JMJ Records, which found success with the band Onyx.

Campus Wisdom

Rev Run Shares Wisdom on Hip Hop, Family, and Leadership

Students filled Dodd’s Theater Tuesday, Nov. 12, for what might have been the most anticipated event this semester yet. Individuals from all over campus poured into seats with the hopes of embracing some knowledge and wisdom from one of the most legendary players in Hip-Hop history, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of the iconic Run-DMC.

Photo Provided by Matt Carroll

Photo Provided by Matt Carroll

Rev began like any other, growing up in the neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, trying not to fall to the temptations of violence and drugs that were prevalent at the time. It was through music that he made his mark with Darryl “DMC” Daniels and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, skyrocketing through the charts with hits such as “It’s Like That” and “My Adidas.”

Since getting his start with Run DMC, Rev found God, became an ordained Pentecostal minister, and opened his home up for all to see in the hit TV show, Run’s House.

Over the years he has used his celebrity status to give back in any way he can, as well as write for several publications such as “Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents,” co-written with his wife Justine Simmons. Having so many life experiences, the audience was eager to listen as Rev told stories and gave advice on how he has become both a leader and role model for so many.

The discussion began talking about leadership and what qualities make up a good leader; humility was the top trait. “Nobody wants to follow a know-it-all,” he said, explaining that being a leader means being humble, being responsible and being able to apologize when you’re wrong. It’s then, and only then, that you’ll be able to get people to follow you, which is one of the first characteristic signs of a leader.

When looking back at his role models he instantly chose his father and older brother, Russell Simmons of Def Jam record notoriety. He cited family as the first place a person goes to for inspiration and leadership, as well as the belief that the lack of leadership within the home is the key component in young kids getting involved in gangs. He also noted that at the height of Run DMC, he began to turn to God and the church for guidance to fill an empty void within himself.

“The things I thought would make me happy didn’t. They made me empty,” Rev shared about his success with Run DMC. “My top was in fact my bottom.”

One of the most compelling stories of the night came from this topic of fame and his choice to follow his faith, remembering one night in a presidential suite in LA, “This collar became wrapped around my neck getting to that number one spot. I was in the tub, smoking weed, eating French toast. Ashes were falling in the tub, syrup was dripping into the tub, I had a beautiful girl waiting at the door, a guy with the keys to a Rolls Royce at the door, Rolling Stone was at the door ready to interview me….and I just broke down. I didn’t own all this stuff, it owned me.”

Family was also a prevalent topic throughout the evening. It started with his parents.

“I didn’t have the bullying type of parents,” he answered when asked if his parents encouraged or discouraged his pursuit of the rap industry. “I never felt judged for my choices.” It was their presence and support that helped him make big moves and follow his dreams.

His brother, Russell, has also been a very big part of his success. The two of them have worked on many projects throughout the years. He explained their partnership as Rev the entertainer and Russell the business man. Their relationship depends on the special gifts and talents God individually gave each of them and it really is all about complimenting each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Simply put, “When we get together, it works.”

Of course the discussion couldn’t go without a little chat about the hit show, Run’s House, and his family. He works in his household to keep balance amongst his family members, in the hopes that nobody becomes too overbooked or too crazy.

He tries his best not to run around much himself, because it is that balance that keeps him from running his body down. Of all the members of his family, it’s his wife’s ambitions that usually go too far.

“It is definitely possible for women to become too ambitious to find a mate,” Rev warned the ladies of the crowd, “Being ambitious is in no way a bad thing, but it can be very intimidating.”

Of course, having one of the hip-hop greats in the room, it was an obvious topic of conversation to ask what Rev felt about the current state of hip hop. Contrary to what most would think…he actually loves it! Among his favorites in the business right now are Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.

“It’s weird to some people that I love the direction hip hop is going in, but I love it. People expect me to like stuff like Kendrick Lamar, because he feels old school, and he is great, but I’m all about the new bright stuff.”

J Cole was also brought up for the feud between Cole and son Diggy Simmons, “He’s a good artist but he went the wrong route coming at my family. He’s not even a battle rapper, more of an entertainer. Diggy got back at him definitely.”

Throughout the evening, Rev sprinkled in little bits of awe inspiring wisdom that motivated crowd. Most of it was about not letting material possessions get to you in life, “Don’t let your heart’s desire become a heart disease,” as well as, “find what you love, the money will follow.”

The idea of being an individual, as well as doing what you love, was also stressed. “What you’re fascinated by, becomes fastened to you. That’s why I don’t watch horror movies,” he explained, “I don’t want that fear in my life, so I skip over the scary channels.”

He says that his favorite quote is, “Do your best, and forget the rest,” because it is inspiring, while keeping people in check at the same time. Looking at others gaining success can be hard sometimes, but God can come in and show your purpose. When looking into the music industry, Rev offers simple advice; be an intern and then work harder than the paid employees. “Work so hard, that if you were absent one day the whole company would fall apart. Become necessary. Nobody can vulture you out of your talent.”

Rev and his family’s show, Rev Run’s Renovation, will air Jan.4 on HGTV, and features the house seen on Run’s House getting a top-to-bottom makeover.

 

 

 

Neck of the Woods Presents: DMC – July 13th

Neck of the Woods Presents:
Sunday, July 13th
8pm // 21+ // $18/$20

DMC (of Run DMC)
Innovator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history 25 years ago with his legendary band Run-DMC. 30 million record sales later he continues to inspire & impact the world. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon and a key member of Run-DMC. 30 million record sales later, and nine years after the untimely death of his band mate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed autobiography entitled, King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC (2001/St. Martins) and in 2006 released an award winning solo album Checks, Thugs & Rock and Roll. His solo performances have graced stages around the world and included a key slot at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012 as well as the Frauenfeld Festival in 2013. In 2009 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Oakland Mind
Started at the end of 2013 The Oakland Mind rose from the ashes of broken groups and good music. Six months later and they lead the bays hottest cypher, have the most recognizable hip hop brand and have been featured in the East Bay Express. With music ranging from Jazz to Trap they will Oakland’s Mind.

Jay Stone (Feat. Them Hellas)
Jay Stone is a 26-year-old lyricist coming out of the Bay Area of California. Sampled live instrumentation and eclectic rhythmic patterns are often the foundation in the production of his music. Jay Stone’s career in music stems from a natural gift in painting mental pictures with his words, and his uncanny ability to give multiple perspectives in a story is one of his strongest points. Jay released his debut EP, Melodious Miscreant, in the fall of 2012, followed by the release of his second EP “16th & Adeline”,in fall of 2013. He’s currently finishing a collaborative project with producer Monster Rally that will be released later this year on vinyl by Oakland based record label, Gold Robot Records.

Run DMC and the Beasties

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1984

Run DMC was the first Rap act to appear on MTV, with the video for “Rock Box.”

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