Eminem to Induct Run DMC Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Most folks know that Vanessa and Angela Simmons’ dad, Rev. Run, was the leader of the legendary hip hop group Run DMC. Recently it was announced that Run DMC would be bestowed place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Well I’ve got some more news.  The iconic group will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by rapper Eminem on April 4th, 2009.   Other big names will be there such as Jimmy Page, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and soul legend Smokey Robinson.

Run DMC is not only recognized as one of the biggest acts in hip hop history, the group also has been acclaimed for mashing up hip hop with rock music.  Look this up: their album titled Kings of Rock which was released in 1985, has a track called “Can You Rock It Like This”.  The video clip portrayed the trio wrecking a fake Rock and Roll museum, and this was intentionally made as a symbol of their strong desire to destroy the genre barriers in popular music. The following year Run DMC collaborated with Aerosmith in a song titled “Walk This Way”, which was a remake from Aerosmith’s 1975 hit.  The song became the first hip hop single to break the top 5. Chart-topping groups like Faith No More, Korn and Limp Bizkit would follow in Run DMC’s footsteps, 20-30 years later.

Vanessa, Angela and the rest of the Simmons family must be real proud!

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