RUN DMC to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has released the names of its latest class of inductees, which includes only the second Hip-Hop group to be selected in the organization’s 24-year history. Run-DMC will be honored this year alongside performers Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, and Bobby Womack.
Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and the late Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-D.M.C. is being recognized for its influence on pop culture in general, as the first group to bring Hip-Hop music to a mainstream audience.
Since the release of their first single “It’s Like That/Sucker MCs” in 1983, Run-D.M.C made strides in areas that are now seem common in the world of Hip-Hop, but were great achievements then.
They were the first major rap group to appear on American Bandstand, the first rap act to chart in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 more than once, the first rap group to hit top ten on a pop chart, and the first rap act to release an RIAA-certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum album.
In addition, Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, be nominated for a Grammy Award, make a video appearance on MTV, or sign a sneaker deal.