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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Run-D.M.C. was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-D.M.C. is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and one of the most famous hip-hop acts of the 1980s. Along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, the group pioneered new school hip-hop music. Run-D.M.C. was the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984) and be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986), the first to have their videos broadcast on MTV, and the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone. Run-D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.

The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship.




Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1984 Run-D.M.C. 53 14
1985 King of Rock 52 12
1986 Raising Hell 3 1
1988 Tougher Than Leather 9 2
1990 Back from Hell 81 16
1993 Down with the King 7 1
2001 Crown Royal 37 22


Year Title U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B
1983 "It's like That" - 15
1984 "30 Days" - 16
"Hard Times" - 11
"Hollis Crew (Krush Groove 2)" - 65
1985 "Can You Rock It Like This" - 19
"Jam-Master Jammin'" - 53
"King of Rock" - 14
"You Talk Too Much" - 19
1986 "My Adidas" - 5
"Walk This Way" 4 8
"You Be Illin'" 29 12
1987 "It's Tricky" 57 21
1988 "I'm Not Going Out Like That" - 40
"Mary, Mary" 75 29
"Run's House" - 10
1989 "Pause" - 51
1990 "What's It All About" - 24
1991 "Faces" - 57
1993 "Down with the King" 21 9
"Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" - 78
"Can I Get It, Yo" - -
2001 "Rock Show" - -

Greatest hits albums

Other singles and compilation albums

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