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Run DMC

Run DMC

Now when watching music videos on MTV and VH1, it is common to see many rap and hip hop videos. This was not always the case. In the early 80s, rap music was not mainstream and was not played on TV. Run DMC changed all that. Run (a.k.a. Joseph Simmons), DMC (a.k.a. Darryl McDaniels) and Jam Master Jay (a.k.a. Jason Mizell) became the face of popular harcore rap in the 80s. They burst on the scene with Adidas shoes and fedora hats, changing the way the world listened to music. They hold the distinction of being the first rap group to be played in heavy rotation by MTV and also were the first rap group to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. The video that is credited with getting them played on MTV is the Walk this Way video, a cover of Aerosmith's song which they perfomed with Aerosmith. In 1986, their album, Raising Hell, topped the charts and was the highest-selling rap album of all time. There record was broke as rap music gained more popularity, but Raising Hell is an essential for every music lover's collection.

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

Their name "Beastie" stands for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence" which says it all. The Beastie Boys were discovered and managed by Rick Rubin of Def Jam, a record company started by the brother of Run DMC's Joseph Simmons. With the release of 1986's Liscensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys put their name on the charts. You might know them for their song, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right(To Party). They toured with rap groups like Run DMC and Public Enemy and are recognized as the first influential white rap group. They are still around today, touring and releasing cds.