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200

D owns 200 pairs of his famous black frame glasses. The better to see what’s going on in the world.

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230

Million records sold worldwide. The True Kings of Hip Hop.

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1981

RUN-DMC is founded by Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell

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1994

Rev Run makes it official and is ordained as a Reverend Priest in Zoe Ministries.

Run DMC and the Beasties

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2002

Jam Master Jay founds the Scratch DJ Academy in Manhattan to “provide unparalleled education and access to the art form of the DJ and producer.”

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1984

Run DMC was the first Rap group to have an album certified Gold with their self-titled album in 1984.

Run DMC by Glen Friedman

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2002

Bill Adler publishes “Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run DMC.”

1986 Run DMC Adidas Photo

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JMJ Memorial photo

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1989

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

JMJ Spin Photo

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#10

JMJ was listed #10 on Spin’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

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2008

Gotham Press publishes Rev Run’s book, “Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents.”

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1978

JMJ discovers the turntable at age 13. By age 14 he is spinning for live crowds at block parties.

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1985

“King of Rock” is released and certified Gold. By early 1997 it has been certified Platinum.

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2004

Run DMC was honored at the first VH1 Hip Hop Honors, along with 2Pac and The Sugarhill Gang.

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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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Hall of Fame Photo

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3 Million

“Raising Hell,” Run DMC’s most successful album, sold more than 3 million copies in the first year.

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2009

Run DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner.

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#48

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Run DMC #48 of the “100 Greatest Artists.”

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1985

Run DMC was the only Rap group to perform at Live Aid in 1985.

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2007

Run DMC was named “The Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time” by VH1.

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1986

“Walk This Way,” by Run DMC with Stephen Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, hits singles charts, peaking at #4. It is the rock-rap crossover single of all time.

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1983

Run DMC hit the scene with their debut 12-inch single for “It’s Like That,” with “Sucker MCs” as the B-side.

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Run DMC Comeback

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1986

“Raising Hell,” Run DMC’s third album, hits store shelves. One month later it is certified Platinum with 1 million copies sold.

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1988

Run DMC’s fourth album, “Tougher Than Leather,” hits store shelves.

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1990

Run DMC welcomes the new decade with a new album, their 5th, titled “Back From Hell.”

JMJ Scratch Academy

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1993

Run DMC’s sixth album, and their last for Profile Records, is released. “Down with the King” and its title track send the album to Gold.

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2001

After almost 8 years away, Run DMC resurfaces with their seventh album, “Crown Royal.”