Real Name:

Joseph Simmons aka Run
Darryl McDaniels aka DMC (2)
Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay R.I.P. (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002)

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 (Performer).
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Run-DMC Discography Tracks


Run-D.M.C.* Run-D.M.C. (Album) Profile Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* King Of Rock (Album) Profile Records Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Run-DMC Raising Hell (Album) Profile Records Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Run DMC* Tougher Than Leather (Album) Profile Records US 1988 Sell This Version
PRO-1265 Run DMC* Tougher Than Leather(Cass, Album) Profile Records PRO-1265 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Back From Hell (Album) Profile Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Run-DMC Down With The King (Album) Profile Records Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Run-DMC Crown Royal (Album, MiniAlbum) Arista Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
Run DMC* Live At Montreux 2001 (Album) Eagle Vision, Eagle Vision Germany 2007 Sell This Version
EGG-341 Run-DMC Live At The Apollo(LP, Album) Egg Raid EGG-341 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Run-D.M.C.* It's Like That / Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1) (Single) Profile Records Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Hard Times / Jam-Master Jay (Single) Profile Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Hollis Crew (Single) Profile Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* 30 Days (Single) Profile Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Rock Box (Single) Profile Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Jam-Master Jammin' (Remix) Profile Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Run-DMC You Talk Too Much / Daryll & Joe (Krush-Groove 3) (Single) Profile Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Can You Rock It Like This Profile Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* King Of Rock (Single) Profile Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* Here We Go (Live At The Funhouse) (Single) Profile Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Run-DMC Walk This Way (Single, Maxi, EP) Profile Records Japan 1986 Sell This Version
Run-D.M.C.* My Adidas / Peter Piper (Single) Profile Records Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Run-DMC You Be Illin' / Hit It Run (Single) Profile Records Spain 1986 Sell This Version
DJL 200 RUN DMC* Walk This Way 12" Single / My Adidas/Peter Piper 12"(12", Promo) London Records DJL 200 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
886 076-1 Run-DMC Walk This Way(12", Single) London Records 886 076-1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version

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September 11, 2017
where can i get the acapellas
peter piper on vinyl or even mp3 files


February 2, 2017
Easily the most important hip-hop/rap group of all time. Hands down! They popularized the genre as we know it today and paved the way for all sorts of other performers.


December 27, 2016
I just purchased a Picture disc of Run DMC but I can not find it here .... why? the tracks are side A: Christmas in Hollis / Peter Piper. (the photo is their three with Christmas ornaments around) B side the same but in Instrumental Version. (With nice big logo in the centerand black background)


July 26, 2015
Have to respectfully disagree & respond to ijin1 comment below re non of Run-DMC's albums being very good. Shocked! You have to reply to that don't you?!

If anyone is looking for a classic rap album to start off their collection then look no further than 'Raising Hell' by Run-Dmc. It's probably this album more than any other (alongside The Beastie Boys' 'Licensed To Ill') which is responsible for kick-starting so many people's love & devotion to the music & art of hip-hop during the mid to late 1980's - including mine. In fact it's this album which - in my view - ushered in the nu-skool 'golden-age' of rap of the late 80's. It was groundbreaking on many fronts. I remember hearing the first track 'Peter Piper' and being knocked sideways - it's a stunning track and still, and will always, sound great. And it just goes on; It's Tricky, My Adidas, Walk This Way to my fave three tracks: Is It Live, Perfection & Hit It Run. It ends on a positive message with the excellent Proud To Be Black. I think Chuck D of Public Enemy declares it his favourite ever rap LP - you can't get much more of a recommendation than that surely!

They then seemed to disappear for quite a long time, I think they were having label issues & trying to leave Profile to join Def Jam and it didn't work out and it put everything on hold. But they returned in '88 with the truly fantastic Tougher Than Leather. This for me is their best album and their crowning glory. It was one of the best rap albums of '88. Every track is stunning - I can't find a weak track on it. But because '88 was such a momentous year for rap albums - perhaps the best year ever - it seemed to get lost amidst it all, forgotten and by-passed by many rap fans at the time. If TTL had come out the year before - when it was probably due to be released anyway - it would probably have been declared the masterpiece that it is. If proof is needed just listen to the first single from the album 'Runs House / Beats To The Rhyme', well the rest of the album continues in that vein for ex.: Radio Station, Mary Mary, How'd Ya Do It Dee etc, etc The production work from Davy D & Run-Dmc is on the money & sounds fantastic, It stands as one of the best of '88 alongside Public Enemy, BDP, Eric B & Rakim, Stet, Big Daddy kane, Ultramagnetics and all the rest. And if anyone hasn't heard it for a long time it deserves to be re-discovered; it's quite simply a rap classic.

After that couldn't get any better and things slowly fell away as rap music moved on at such a pace it was always going to be difficult to keep up as new acts were constantly emerging and pushing things forward. But I shall always remember RUN-Dmc for these two classic albums which personified the late 80's golden age sound. No good albums, Run-Dmc? Seriously?

R.I.P. Jam Master Jay.


June 27, 2014
Run DMC, who does not know them? In my opinion non of the albums are very good. There are numerous rap albums that are much better. But they have reached such a status that it doesn't matter anymore. These are 3 iconic, colourful figures... they didn't need a killer album. On each album there are only 2-3 good tracks but they have got everybody talking about rap and took it to a higher level and showed every rap artist what could be achieved. And I don't doubt there love for the music. So there could not be better people then these 3 cool dudes to promote rap music in the middle of the 80's. A bit like the Beastie Boys at the time. No suprise there that they did the tour together in the 80's, with Beastie Boys as the suporting act. Along side these 2 rap supergroups there was Rick Rubin (if I recall correctly) wich was the CEO of Def Jam. Both groups lost a member sadly. But they have achieved great things in love for the music.


May 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
As well as being forerunners in a new hip hop sound, these guys took the Adidas Superstar (the original shell-toe sneaker) to international stardom.

Regarding their music; there are countless tracks of theirs that are wonderful examples of party hip hop. For example, try their track "It's Tricky" or cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" (which adds extra grunt to the original musically and is on-the-whole more exciting).


December 22, 2003
No comments about Run DMC yet?!?! I am absolutely shocked about that! Come on, these guys must be one of the most important bands of the last 25 years or so. They redefined hip hop as we knew it back then. In some senses, they were the first "new school" hip hop project ever. They were the true originators of the rap/rock fusion. And, along the way, the true first superstars of hip hop, helping pave the way for the multi-million dollar industry that is hip hop alone within the music industry. In short, Run DMC is as important as some of the most revered names in the pop and rock genres. And I think many of you agree with me on that one.

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