Minutes after Run-DMC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, we got an e-mail from Eric "Shake" James, one of the late Jam Master Jay's closest friends, who was at the ceremony in Cleveland:
To me this is the greatest night in hip-hop!!! Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, wow! Remember the "King of Rock" video? "You don't belong here; this is for rock stars only." Now we're here, and we do belong!!!
Even though my best friend in the world, Jason Mizell, couldn't be here, I look up in the sky and feel him smiling and watchin' down!!! 1st to go gold, 1st on MTV and still making moves!! I see his boys, and I know he'd be (and is) so proud of them and his wife, Terri!!!! What an honor this is!!! We love and miss you, Jason!!!
If you thought Rickey Henderson's Hall of Fame induction a few days ago was a no-brainer, Run-DMC's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod was even more of foregone conclusion.
Rickey — an MLB human highlight reel who patrolled left field with the flare of a cocky boxing champ — was a first-ballot inductee. If Run-DMC were equated to MLB heroes, the trio from Hollis, Queens, would be the Yankees — all 26 championships. They are undeniably the Greatest Hip-Hop Group of All Time, and their accolades — all 25 years' worth — are well-deserved.
By Steven Roberts
We have been looking through the MTV News archives all day trying to find old-school footage of Metallica and Run-DMC, two of the 2009 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I think that we may have stumbled upon one of the greatest interviews we've ever done.
Back in 1985, MTV News sat down with a young Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay. They'd already released their second album, but they still lived with their parents. This was before "Yo! MTV Raps," before MTV News named them Greatest Hip-Hop Group of All Time, before the tragic death of Jay and waaaaay before "Run's House" and "Daddy's Girls." From what I'm told (I was born three months after this interview), MTV didn't even play rap videos back then.
The majority of the interview features the group walking around Hollis with their Adidas unlaced, rapping to the camera as legions of fans and neighbors begin to follow behind. Jam Master Jay carries a boombox, blasting their work, as Run and DMC spit back and forth.
Since half of my office crammed into the edit to watch it already, I figured I'd give you guys a chance to watch.
By Danielle Beavers
Darryl McDaniels, a.k.a. DMC of the group Run-DMC, was hospitalized in New Jersey on Wednesday after suffering from pain and swelling in his left arm.
"Doctors discovered two major blood clots, and he is undergoing surgery today," publicist Tracy Miller told MTV News. "They are very glad they caught it early. Doctors have chosen to remove the clots, as opposed to dissolving, to ensure a better recovery.
DMC has been in the studio working on another album, as well as continuing to promote adoption of foster children. He won an Emmy last year for the VH1 documentary "DMC: My Adoption Journey," about his search for his birth mother.
We wish him the best!