- Joseph Simmons
- Darryl McDaniels
- Jam Master Jay
Run–D.M.C. is probably one of the most renown Hip Hop/Rap acts to emerge out of the 1980s, along with the likes of LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, they signified the advent of the new school of Hip Hop.
One of their legendary achievements, was to become the first Hip Hop acts to have a gold status album "Run–D.M.C.", in 1984, and also to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
They were also the first in the genre to achieve platinum status for the album "King of Rock", in 1985, also the first to earn a multiplatinum certification, for "Raising Hell", in 1986, plus the first to have videos on MTV, and the first in the genre to appear on American Bandstand as well as the cover of Rolling Stone. Run–D.M.C. was also the only Hip Hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.
They were amongst the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine put them number 48 in their list of the greatest musical artists of all time.
On April 4, 2009, Rapper Eminem inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, Run–D.M.C. became only the second Hip Hop group in history to be inducted, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
1) Run–D.M.C. (1984)
2) King of Rock (1985)
3) Raising Hell (1986)
4) Tougher Than Leather (1988)
5) Back from Hell (1990)
6) Down with the King (1993)
7) Crown Royal (2001)
8) Live at Montreux 2001 (2007)
They have sold over 15 million albums in the US alone and had hit singles across the globe. Their biggest hit outside of the USA being the Jason Nevins remix of It's Like That.