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Run-D.M.C.

1964

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, rapper with Run-D.M.C., is born in Hollis, Queens, New York.

1964

Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, rapper with Run-D.M.C., is born in Hollis, Queens, New York.

1965

Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, turntablist and programmer with Run-D.M.C., is born in Hollis, Queens, New York.

1982

Run-D.M.C. – consisting of rappers Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and deejay Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell – join forces in their neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, New York.

1983

Run-D.M.C. ignite a rap revolution with their debut 12-inch single, “It’s Like That” b/w “Sucker MCs,” on Profile Records.

1984

Run-D.M.C. release their self-titled first album on Profile Records. It will spend a year on the album chart, peaking at #63. Six of its songs will appear on the R&B singles chart.

1985

Run-D.M.C. issue King of Rock, their second classic album in less than a year. It includes the rap-rock title track and “Can You Rock It Like This,” from the movie Krush Groove.

1984

Run-D.M.C.’s self-titled debut album is certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA, making it rap’s first gold album.

1985

King of Rock, by Run-D.M.C., is certified gold by the RIAA. It is the second gold album in a row for the rappers from Hollis, Queens.

1986

Run-D.M.C.’s third album, Raising Hell, is released. It is certified platinum (1 million copies sold) only one month later, making Run-D.M.C. rap’s first platinum-selling superstars.

1986

“Walk This Way,” by Run-D.M.C with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #4. It is the rock-rap crossover single of all time.

1988

Tougher Than Leather, by Run-D.M.C., is released, completing their quartet of classic albums from the Eighties.

1990

Run-D.M.C. kick off the new decade with Back from Hell, their fifth album.

1993

Down With the King is Run-D.M.C.’s sixth and final album for Profile Records. On the strength of its title track, it will go gold, becoming the group’s fifth gold or platinum album.

2001

Run-D.M.C. resurface with Crown Royal, their seventh and final album.

2002

Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. is gunned down outside his studio in Queens.

2005

Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Raising Hell and Tougher Than Leather – the core albums in Run-D.M.C.’s catalog – are reissued in deluxe expanded editions by Arista Records.

2009

Run-D.M.C. are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner. Eminem is their presenter.