Interview: DMC On The Background of “My Adidas” Song

End of November last year, the Adidas group published an interesting interview with DMC in which he explained the history of the whole Run-DMC Adidas relationship and what made Run-DMC make their signature song “My Adidas”.

Read the interview at the Adidas Group blog.

[vimeo 2986384 Run-DMC “My Adidas” by Arthur King, Thibaut de Longeville & Laurent Henriot]

[youtube Run-DMC Adidas Shoe Commercial]


Street in Hollis Queens Named After Run-DMC

Run-DMC/JMJ Way street sign
Run-DMC/JMJ Way street sign

Run-DMC was honored Sunday, 30th August 2009, when a street in Hollis Queens was renamed for them.

Hollis Avenue and 205th Street will now be known as Run-DMC/JMJ Way. Run-DMC is the first rap group to have a city street renamed in their honor, in the neighborhood where they were born and raised.

Read the whole article and watch a video at


Run-DMC inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Finally, after Run-DMC was nominated 2008 for a 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it was confirmed on January 14, 2009, that Run-DMC would be one of the five inductees to the Rock Hall, today Run-DMC was joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

After Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five in 2007, Run-DMC is the second rap act to be awarded the honor.

Today night, Saturday April 4th, 2009, the induction ceremony was happening in Cleveland. It was Eminem to held an induction speech for Run-DMC. Run and DMC attended the ceremony surrounded by their families and that of JMJ.

Read more at (re ceremony) and USA Today (re nomination). And don’t miss HipHopRX‘s article!

YouTube – Eminem’s Induction Speech

YouTube – Run-DMC Interview at the 2009 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Dailymotion – Run-DMC Acceptance Speech

New Book in Stores “Definition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop”

Bill Adler – the author of the Run-DMC biography “Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run DMC” – has teamed up with Cey Adams – a well known designer who has worked for countless hip hop artists – to release a new book entitled “Definition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop“.

The book, which hit stores just a week ago, highlights the careers and artwork of hip-hop elders as Run-DMC, Dapper Dan and Snoop Dogg and many others as well as contemporary artists, featuring over 200 photos.

If interested, check out the interview with Cey and Bill at The interview provides some background these guys come from and why their book could mean something to the hip hop world.
There is also a book review at Mic to Mic Blog, who’s author was so friendly to notify me that this book has been released.

I personally have not had my hands on the book yet, so can’t tell if it is any good. You’ll have to check yourself.

JMJ News

Some Articles re JMJ’s Murder recently published two articles dealing with the topic of JMJ’s murder. While not revealing a lot, it looks a bit like there is some movement in the case currently, people revealing information/thoughts unheared before. So there are signs that somebody might have shot at the gun men as they were leaving the studio.

If interested, read the two articles “Jam Master Jay’s Murder: Run-DMC DJ’s Friend Randy Allen Responds To New Allegations” and “Who Shot Jam Master Jay? Were Killers Caught On Video?” at The latter summarises a meeting between Randy Allan (JMJ’s friend and business partner) and Marvin Thompson (JMJ’s brother).

Also interesting, the timeline put together: “Jam Master Jay’s Murder: A Timeline And The Key Players”