That day, in 1984, the Kings from Queens released their first self-titled album on Def Jam Recordings under Rush Management.

This monumental album challenges Daryl McDaniels (DMC), Joseph Simmons (DJ Run) and Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) and marks the beginning of one of the finest careers in hip-hop.

With songs like Sucker MCs, It’s Like That, Hard Times and Rock Box, the album reflects the lives of three ambitious boys from Hollis, Queens, New York before the crack epidemic.

At the end of 1980, Simmons and McDaniels spent time in Two-Fifths Park in Hollis hoping to rap for the local DJs who performed and joined in. The most popular, coincidentally, was Mizell, known as Jazzy Jace because of his warm clothes and his B-boy. Finally, Simmons and McDaniels raped in the park in front of Mizell, and the rest is history.

As a group they quickly tied a pair of Adidas, threw them on a rope chain and tied them together with a kangaroo hat. They have created a corporate identity that has stood the test of time and is recognized worldwide.

Run-D.M.C. released six other albums, including King of Rock 1985 and Raising Hell 1986. Unfortunately, Mizell was killed on the 30th. Shot and killed in his recording studio in Queens in October 2002. Countless fans left their sneakers, albums and Adidas flowers with the legendary DJ for the studio where the murder took place. The murder hasn’t been solved yet.

Run-D.M.C. was also included in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, making them one of only two hip-hop groups to receive this honour.


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