Feb 1, 2015
Run-DMC was my introduction to hip hop.
I was too young to understand what Rapper's Delight was. I just remembered that it sounded a lot like Chic's Good Times.
Walk This Way reached me and I loved it. After Michael, Lionel and Prince, I saw them as role models relatively close to my age. Raising Hell was a breakthrough to me and opened the doors for Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Salt & Pepa, LL Cool J and Whodini to come into my life.
Proud to be Black would plant the seeds of my Afrocentrism during the late 80s/early 90s. No one was saying that to me other than Run-DMC and I eventually learned that they took that page out of the James Brown playbook.
Congratulations to Run-DMC for being inducting into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Who would have thought that over twenty years after their debut on the scene, they would be considered Kings of Rock?
R.I.P. Jam Master Jay