Run DMC were an American hip hop group from Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jam Master Jay. The group are widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run DMC are one of the most well known hip hop acts of the 1980s who, along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music. More than any other hip hop group, Run DMC are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the trio were tougher and more menacing than their predecessors Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run DMC, 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 videos on MTV and the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone. Run DMC were the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985. The group were among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them number 48 in their list of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, Run DMC were named “The Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time” by MTV and “Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time” by VH1. On April 4th 2009, rapper Eminem inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, Run DMC became only the second hip hop group in history to be inducted, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Run DMC. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Run DMC albums and most notable recordings.