For those who may not know, 2023 marks the official 50th anniversary of hip hop being established. That means throughout the year we’ll be taking a look at many of hip hop’s historical figures and legends. With today being the late great Jam Master Jay’s birthday, we’re kicking off the celebration with a group that very well has a case for being the most influential hip hop/rap group of all time—Run-DMC. They also boast one of the earliest instances of the now cemented relationship between sneaker culture and hip hop with their Run-DMC adidas partnership which can be traced back for decades.
Established in 1983, Joseph “Run” Simmons, Daryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell combined to make one of the most powerful music groups in history where they achieved numerous feats such as being the first hip hop group to ever obtain a gold record, the first hip hop group to have their videos played on MTV, the first hip hop group to appear on American Bandstand and grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and the first hip hop group to perform at Live Aid and be nominated for a Grammy Award.