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Run DMC (1986)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1986

Rock and rap, hip hop live and hip hop movies, and the struggle to get hip hop into the mainstream – the Queens Kings of Rap'n'Roll speak.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.9mb, interview length: 34' 51" sound quality: **

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It's Like That, Is It?: Run DMC: Danceteria, New York

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 26 May 1984

RAP'S STILL going strong, because all of what has to be said has not yet been said. Street kids have got to get over, and ...

Run DMC: Run DMC

Review by Push, Soundcheck, August 1984

WARNING: This is an American release and it may take a lot of effort to find a copy. Justification: all successful searches will be truly ...

Run-DMC: Fresh Rap Realism

Profile by Richard Grabel, Musician, August 1984

RAP CONTINUES to have plenty to say, and with good reason. The unemployment, underemployment and general hardship that afflict ghetto kids aren't ending under the ...

Run DMC: Run DMC (Profile)

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, September 1984

A TRIO OF STREET teens from the shadows of Shea Stadium who bear out ex-Met manager Casey Stengel's enthusiasm about the Youth of America? ...

Run DMC: Run For It

Profile and Interview by Carol Cooper, The Face, November 1984

DESPITE WHAT you may have read, there is no such thing as a monolithic black American style. The attempt to pigeonhole black creativity into narrow ...

Run-D.M.C.: King Of Rock (Profile/Island); Whodini: Escape (Jive)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 23 February 1985

DMC: DMX + HM = OTT! ...


Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 9 March 1985

Run DMC are two New Yorkers who set their raps to a raw rock backdrop and talked their way up the charts. Paolo Hewitt meets the ...

Run-DMC: King Of Rock (Profile BR LP504)*****

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, 9 March 1985

Born to Run ...

Run DMC: Rabbit Run

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1985

"How did Mel go over here?... They still like Culture Club in England?... Who's Junior?... What about Prince?..." ...

Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (Profile)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 1986


Run DMC: Raising Hell (London)

Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 19 July 1986


RUN DMC: Raising Hell (Profile/London)

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, 19 July 1986

A SEOUL diversion — RUN DMC coming up, fast food and sweet music ready to go. ...

Run DMC: Serious Rap Attack

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 13 September 1986

With their Raising Hell tour putting the frighteners on many a major American town and their Rapping Metal single, 'Walk This Way' scaring the pants ...

Yo Boys: Boys Keep Killing

Report by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 13 September 1986

The pervasive sound of hip hop becomes punctuated by an altogether more sinister noise — the bark of hand-guns — as, on the streets of ...

Run DMC: Hit And Run

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, 20 September 1986

As the RUN DMC tidal wave breaks over the British coastline and the country reels to its knees, it's maybe time to ponder the principles ...

Run DMC, Whodini, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 27 September 1986


Tear Down The Walls, Pack Out The Halls: On The (Hard) Beat With Run-DMC

Report and Interview by Toby Goldstein, Creem, December 1986

RUN, DMC and Jam Master Jay are mad as hell, not about to take it anymore, and quite ready to let you know about the ...

Def Jam: License to Thrill

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 20 December 1986

RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS are the creative mavericks behind the outrageous antics of THE BEASTIE BOYS and RUN DMC and a whole host of ...

Def Jam #2: World Domination Enterprises

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 3 January 1987

In the second part of his investigation into DEF JAM records, the world's hottest label, Frank Owen charts the careers of RICK RUBIN, RUSSELL SIMMONS, ...

Beastie Boys: Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Rob Tannenbaum, New Musical Express, 17 January 1987


The Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Fishbone: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 February 1987


Dawn of the Def

Overview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 9 May 1987

The wit and wisdom of DEF JAM as captured in the NME. From Rick Rubin as hipster to Beastie Boys as Sex Zeppelin and beyond. ...

Def Jam: Baaad Company

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, New Musical Express, 9 May 1987

With their label gone mega, and even greater triumphs planned, Def Jam mainmen RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS currently combine the Midas touch with the ...

Run DMC: Homeboy's Home Truths

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 23 May 1987


The Beastie Boys: Just nice boys at heart

Report and Interview by David Sinclair, The Times, 23 May 1987

"THERE'S A certain virtue in negative publicity, and a lot of it has come from us just being ourselves, particularly on stage; but there's a ...

Def Jam: Don't Knock The Rock – Rap It

Report by Mark Cooper, The Guardian, 1 June 1987

Mark Cooper on how Def Jam crossed over punk with rap, white with black, and stayed cool with both sides ...

Run DMC, The Beastie Boys: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 6 June 1987


Run DMC/The Beastie Boys: Brixton Academy, London/Brighton Centre

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 6 June 1987


Run DMC's Celluloid Rap

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, Creem, January 1988

SOME INESCAPABLE facts accompany Run DMC's latest venture onto the big screen. They are probably the biggest rap group in the world. They sell millions ...

Run DMC: Tougher Than Leather (London LON 38/CD) ****

Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, 28 May 1988


Run DMC, Public Enemy et al: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, 15 October 1988

LONDON BRIDGE is falling down, Big Ben has struck one minute to midnight and had his hand's burned. And all is not well in this ...

Rap: Rock Is Dead

Special Feature by Mark Dery, Keyboard, November 1988


Concert Violence: Who's to Blame?

Report by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 3 November 1988

Action needed in the wake of recent deaths at rap and metal shows ...

In Rap's Hometown, an Icy Reception

Report by Rob Tannenbaum, The New York Times, 28 April 1991

THE MARQUEE'S experiment with rap concerts didn't last long. The small club, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, usually presents alternative-rock bands. But after the ...

Pete Rock and CL Smooth

Interview by Frank Broughton, Mixmag, May 1993

MANAGER ADOFO Muhammad is talking up his brother and CL Smooth's success. "The unique sound is all incorporated in Pete Rock's flow — his art. ...

Run DMC: Down With The Kings

Interview by Frank Broughton, Mixmag, May 1993

It ain't a respect thing (even if it should be). It's the real thing. The kings are back. The gold, the fresh trainers and the ...

Run DMC: The Grand Old Men of Rap Strike Back

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 20 June 1993

THE RAPPER Run (Joseph Simmons) snakes his way down the corridors leading to the green room at MTV's mid-Manhattan studio. Everywhere he turns, there's an ...

Run DMC/Onyx/Boss: Palladium, NYC

Live Review by Ian Christe, Your Flesh, Summer 1993

PASS TWO METAL detectors and a sixteen-point patdown, then descend three stories of padded stairs into a vast ancient theatre outfitted with video gear. ...

All About the Benjamins

Essay by Miles Marshall Lewis, L.A. Weekly, 2 April 1998

Hip-hop: The need, not the greed ...

Run DMC, Chemical Brothers, Roni Size et al: Creamfields, Winchester

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 9 May 1998

It's a Cream come true! We join the madness that's CREAMFIELDS in Winchester with Primal Scream! Cornershop! Roni Size! Run DMC! The full bloody monty! ...

Hip Hop Don't Stop

Overview by David Bennun, Hot Air, 1999

A LITTLE over two minutes into The Fugees' 1996 hit 'Ready Or Not', the voice of Lauryn Hill is thrown into relief by a brief ...

The Grim Reporter December 2002

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, December 2002

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Run DMC: The Best of Run DMC

Review by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 5 April 2003

Run DMC inspired a generation to turn hip-hop into a multi-billion dollar industry, says GAVIN MARTIN ...

Rhymin' And Stealin'

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, September 2003

Back in 1986 hip hop entered a golden age — lyrical revolution, sonic innovation, and individuality — that gave rise to such rap legends as ...

Run DMC: Won't stop rockin'

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, August 2018

They've survived splits, breakdowns and the unsolved murder of DJ Jam Master Jay, but Run-DMC are still causing hard times for sucker MCs ...


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