Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell AKA Run-DMC

Educational Background and Location

The three members of this group grew up and went to school in Hollis, Queens; New York (Brooklyn)

Brief Personal Bio

The three members of Run-D.M.C. grew up in Hollis, Queens. Simmons was recruited into hip-hop by his older brother, Russell and he convinced McDaniels to start rapping, and though McDaniels would not perform in public, he soon began writing rhymes and was known as "Easy D." Simmons and McDaniels convinced Russell to let them record as a duo, and they recruited Mizell (who now called himself Jam-Master Jay) to be their official DJ. In 1983, Russell agreed to help them record a new single and land a record deal.

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Run DMC's "rhymes are easy to follow along with and to show how the two MCs trade lyrics back and forth" and their songs are full of clever raps.

Link to Matching PP Guides/Glossary Terms

What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Run--D.M.C, you are matched to a group of artists who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your piece may include many themes that are common and can be relatable to many people that can help your poem connect with a large audience feeling the same way. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to Run--D.M.C's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Run--DMC's music/lyrics are full of rap lines that are easy to follow along with and connect to.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Run--D.M.C., King of Rock, Raising Hell, Tougher Than Leather, Back from Hell, Down with the King, Crown Royal

Social Handles (Links)

twitter: @OfficialRunDMC, instagram: @OfficialRunDMC