This pioneering New York, USA-based rap crew was formed by Joseph Run Simmons (24 November 1966, Queens, New York City, New York, USA; the brother of Russell Simmons, their Rush Management boss), Darryl DMC McDaniels (b. 31 May 1964, Queens, New York City, New York, USA) and DJ Jam Master Jay (b. Jason Mizell, 21 January 1965, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, d. 30 October 2002, Queens, New York City, New York, USA). The trio originally came together as Orange Crush in the early 80s, becoming Run-DMC in 1982 after graduating from St. Pascals Catholic School. They had known each other as children in the Hollis district of New York City, Mizell and McDaniels even attending the same kindergarten.
After circulating demos the trio signed to Profile Records for an advance of $2, 500, immediately scoring a US underground hit with Its Like That. However, it was the singles b-side,...