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Run-D.M.C. were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as performers in 2009.


Run-D.M.C. were a group of "firsts."

The first rappers featured prominently on MTV, to appear on Saturday Night Live, to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, and to win a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Run-D.M.C. broke down barriers for future rap acts, crossed boundaries between rap and rock and dispelled old notions of what rap could be. More on

Black and white promotional photo showing several music artists sitting or standing around a construction vehicle and a motorcycle. Text at bottom of photo reads: Backstage at Madison Square Garden for "Rush's 'KRUSH GROOVE' Christmas Party," the sold-out event held December 27, 1985. Shown are, from left: Def Jam/Columbia recording artist LL Cool J, Jalil Hutchins of Whodini, Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, and Kurtis Blow. (Photograph: Lloyd Nelson). Copyright statement at right states c1986 CBS Inc.Color Polaroid image of the group Run-D.M.C. The three members are standing in together in the foreground with brick buildings it the distant background. It's daytime, and they are wearing casual street clothes and looking into the camera.December 4, 1986 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, in color, featuring the musical group Run-D.M.C. Text is in purple and yellow. The three group members stand stacked, each behind the other, the second with his hands on the first member's shoulders. They wear black, white, and red casual streetwear and black hats with brims. The group member in the back wears glasses.Run-D.M.C. / Beastie Boys handbill on black background with group logos and text in red and white. Text reads "RUN DMC and the Beastie Boys with special appearance by Davy D. Cold getting busy at: Pacific Amphitheatre, Saturday, June 20th, 1987, 7:30 p.m. | The Greek Theatre, Sunday, June 21 thru Wednesday, June 24, 1987, 8 PM. Reserve seating. Ticket available at: all Ticketron Outlets including Sears, Tower Records, Pacific Ampitheatre(sic) box office and Greek Theatre box office. Charge by phone: 213-410-1062 and 714-534-1300"

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