If I eat, a little kid, sticks his finger in my plate I be signing autographs, for three months straight I got jet-set women, who offer me favors My face is a thousand lipstick flavors Need a sip of lemonade, I'm a slave to my trade From all these lights my complexion might fade Secretary overworked, by a money hungry jerk Got a letter, answer woman, won't you freak out on my shirt?
Well can you rock it like this? I can rock it like that Can you rock it like this? I can rock it like that Huh! I think I rock it like that But can you rock it like this? Homeboy I rock it like that I'm straining not complaining for a casual life Something normal nuttin formal three kids and a wife I'm dying from the spying that you're putting me through I perspire I'm on fire when I'm thinking of you But can you rock it like this?
I can rock it like that Well can you rock it like this? Buoyed by the title track and first single, the album entered the charts at 1 and 7 on the pop charts. Even though the album went platinum, the song proved to be their last hit. Jam Master Jay also found success on his own; he had founded his own label JMJ Records , and discovered and produced the group Onyx , which had tremendous success in following the release of their hit single, "Slam. Over the next few years, the group did very little recording.
Mizell produced and mentored up and coming artists, including Onyx and 50 Cent , who he eventually signed to the JMJ label. Simmons got divorced, remarried, and began to focus on his spiritual and philanthropic endeavors by becoming a reverend. He also wrote a book alongside his brother Russell. Though the group continued to tour around the world, over a decade of living a rap superstar lifestyle was beginning to take a toll on McDaniels.
He was beginning to tire of Run-DMC, and there was increased friction between him and Simmons, who was eager to return to recording Simmons had at this time adopted the moniker Rev Run in light of his religious conversion. While on tour in Europe in , McDaniels' ongoing battle with substance abuse led to a bout of severe depression , which spurred an addiction to prescription drugs.
McDaniels' depression continued for years, so much so that he contemplated suicide. They also made an appearance in a rare version of the music video " Bodyrock " by Moby.
Soon after, the group finally returned to the studio, but in an increasingly tense environment, as Simmons and McDaniels' differences had begun to show.
In the wake of the exploding popularity of rap-rock artists like Korn , Limp Bizkit , and Kid Rock , Simmons wanted to return to the aggressive, hard rock-tinged sound that made the group famous. McDaniels — who had become a fan of thoughtful singer-songwriters like John Lennon , Harry Chapin , and Sarah McLachlan — wanted to go in a more introspective direction. Appearing on VH1 's documentary series Behind the Music in early , McDaniels confirmed that he was creatively frustrated and highlighted some songs that he was recording on his own.
The continued friction led to McDaniels sitting out most of the group's recording sessions in protest. The resulting album, Crown Royal , was delayed due to the personal problems, and when it was finally released in , it featured only three appearances by DMC.
Despite no major singles, the album initially sold well. However, many critics [ who? Some positive reviews were published: Entertainment Weekly noted that "on this hip hop roast, new schoolers Nas and Fat Joe pay their respects with sparkling grooves Run's rhymes are still limber.
The tour was a rousing success, celebrating the collaboration between the two acts and acknowledging the innumerable rap and rock acts that had been influenced by their seminal hit 15 years prior.
Performing allowed McDaniels to come out of his depression and he appeared revitalized on the tour. There was even talk of Run-DMC finally signing with Def Jam, which by then was no longer held by its original founders.
Despite the success of the tour and Aerosmith consequently discussing adding additional dates, Simmons abruptly announced that he was quitting. On October 30, , Mizell was shot and killed at his recording studio in Queens.
In the aftermath, Simmons and McDaniels announced the official disbanding of the group. The Beastie Boys paid tribute. Simmons did not attend the show; he was recording his first solo album, Distortion. He had recently discovered that he was adopted, which led him to be the center of the VH1 program My Adoption Journey , a documentary chronicling his re-connection with his biological family. Simmons also turned to television, starring in Run's House , a reality show that followed his life as a father and husband.
They also covered "For What It's Worth" at the end of the show. Awards in Jay's memory. In October , Mizell's one-time protege 50 Cent announced plans to produce a documentary about his fallen mentor.
The film was rumored to depict the life and story of the group beginning from their inception in Hollis, Queens, and leading up to the murder of Jam Master Jay. Their sound is directly responsible for intentionally transforming rap music from dance-and club-oriented funk grooves like " Rapper's Delight " and " The Breaks " to an aggressive, less-danceable approach. Characterized by sparse, hard-hitting beats—as typified on hits like " It's Like That ", and " Peter Piper "—this would form the foundation of hardcore hip hop particularly hardcore East Coast hip hop.
As such, Run-DMC is considered the originators of the style, and hardcore hip hop would dominate the next two decades of rap music, from the bombastic, noisy sound of Public Enemy and stripped minimalism of Boogie Down Productions to the thump of early Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. Their influence was not limited to the East Coast, however.
Los Angeles' N. Early on, the group rarely sampled and rarely looped anything over their skeletal beats, and the funky minimalism of major producers, such as Timbaland and The Neptunes , is drawn from Run-DMC's fundamental sound. Aesthetically, they changed the way rappers presented themselves. Onstage, old school rappers had previously performed in flashy attire and colorful costumes, typically had a live band and, in the case of acts like Whodini , had background dancers.
Run-DMC performed with only Run and DMC out front, and Jam-Master Jay on the turntables behind them, in what is now considered the 'classic' hip hop stage setup: two turntables and microphones. They embraced the look and style of the street by wearing jeans, lace-less Adidas sneakers, and their trademark black fedoras.
The group shunned both the over-the-top wardrobe of previous rap stars like the Furious Five and Afrika Bambaataa , and the silk-shirted, jheri curled , ladies' man look of rappers like Kurtis Blow and Spoonie Gee. Followers of their style included LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys; seemingly overnight, rappers were wearing jeans and sneakers instead of rhinestones and leather outfits.
From Adidas tracksuits and rope chains to baggy jeans and Timberland footwear, hip hop's look remained married to the styles of the street. In the process, the trio helped change the course of popular music, paving the way for rap's second generation.
Historically, the group achieved a number of notable firsts in hip hop music and are credited with being the act most responsible for pushing hip hop into mainstream popular music, initiating its musical and artistic evolution and enabling its growth as a global phenomenon. Run-DMC is the first rap act to have reached a number of major accomplishments: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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