On April 4, 2009, Run-D.M.C. became the second rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five who were inducted in 2007. This honor came well deserved after the illustrious career of the trio. Run-D.M.C. helped to build a musical cross culture as well as serve as the cornerstone artist of one Hip Hop most powerful empires, Def Jam Records. Run-D.M.C.’s brand is timeless and iconic and can be said to be one of the launching boards for Hip Hop culture as a whole.
From their music to their style, Run-D.M.C. has immortalized their image in music history. In honor of this crowning achievement, we have compiled a list of examples to prove as to why Run-D.M.C. is considered to be the icons that they are.
It has been 31 years since the release of the movie “Krush Groove”, which is the semi auto-biographical story of Russell Simmons, called Russell Walker (portrayed by Blair Underwood in his screen debut) in the film. Krush Groove mirrors the real life Def Jam label in its early days. It focuses on Run DMC moving into big time. The Fat Boys have their own autobiographical subplot. Kurtis Blow also figures in the plot.
Director: Michael Schultz Producer: Michael Schultz and Doug McHenry
Writer: Ralph Farquhar Company: Warner Bros
Acts: Sheila E., Run-D.M.C., The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Blair Underwood, New Edition