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Also Known As: Joseph Simmons, Joseph Simmons (Run), Joseph Ward Simmons, Reverend Run Died:
Born: November 14, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession:

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One third of the first rap group to gain mainstream superstardom, Reverend Joseph "Run" Simmons was a founding member of Run-D.M.C., which burst out of New York in the early 1980s with an aggressive, stripped-down sound that virtually laid the blueprint for modern hip-hop. With Daryl "DMC" McDaniels and DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, Simmons elevated rap from the club scene to the pop charts on the strength of such forceful, boast-heavy tracks as "It's Like That," "King of Rock," "My Adidas" and their breakout hit, "Walk This Way," a collaboration with Aerosmith that made them the first rap act to reach the heights of the R&B and pop charts. Personal problems and changing musical tastes undermined Run-D.M.C.'s popularity in the early 1990s, which prompted Simmons to become a born-again Christian and an ordained minister. The death of Jam Master Jay in 2002 brought an end to Run-D.M.C., but Simmons continued to remain in the public eye as a solo performer and reality television star on the MTV series "Run's House" (2005-2009). A pioneer in rap music for over three decades, Joseph "Run" Simmons was a key figure in the genre's rise from underground sensation to part of mainstream popular culture. ...

One third of the first rap group to gain mainstream superstardom, Reverend Joseph "Run" Simmons was a founding member of Run-D.M.C., which burst out of New York in the early 1980s with an aggressive, stripped-down sound that virtually laid the blueprint for modern hip-hop. With Daryl "DMC" McDaniels and DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, Simmons elevated rap from the club scene to the pop charts on the strength of such forceful, boast-heavy tracks as "It's Like That," "King of Rock," "My Adidas" and their breakout hit, "Walk This Way," a collaboration with Aerosmith that made them the first rap act to reach the heights of the R&B and pop charts. Personal problems and changing musical tastes undermined Run-D.M.C.'s popularity in the early 1990s, which prompted Simmons to become a born-again Christian and an ordained minister. The death of Jam Master Jay in 2002 brought an end to Run-D.M.C., but Simmons continued to remain in the public eye as a solo performer and reality television star on the MTV series "Run's House" (2005-2009). A pioneer in rap music for over three decades, Joseph "Run" Simmons was a key figure in the genre's rise from underground sensation to part of mainstream popular culture.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Full Court Press (1997)
2.
 To Be a Black Man (1995) Himself
3.
 Tougher Than Leather (1988) Run
4.
 Krush Groove (1985) Run
5.
 VH1 Presents the '80s (2001) Interviewee ("Hip Hop/R&B")
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