Rock Box, Run-D.M.C., true hip hop

from R.A. The Rugged Man – On the Block Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ahhhh. Run-D.M.C.

Members:

What can’t be said about them? Just… just look at those top two paragraphs on that Wikipedia page. What’s that? You don’t wanna click on the link? Well fine, I’ll just bring it to you, then.

The group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run–D.M.C. was one of the most well-known hip hop acts in the 1980s who, along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music.

They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984) and be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986) the first to have videos on MTV, the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone.

Run–D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.

On April 4, 2009, rapper Eminem inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, Run–D.M.C. became only the second hip hop group in history to be inducted, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Also, they have a kick ass collaboration with Aerosmith. And, if I’m not mistaken, that is actually the first rock/rap collaboration in musical history.

Eminem has mentioned them a couple of times before — once on his very first project, Infinite

So what, you know about a sweet MC, in the 313
You don’t know shit so when you see one flee
You can be Run-D, you’ll never be the MC
I’ll stop the alphabet at S and got it down to a T

And once on his most recent effort (at the time of this annotation), The Marshall Mathers LP 2,

Me? I’m a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac
N.W.A, Cube, hey, Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim
Inspired enough to one day grow up
Blow up and be in a position, to meet Run DMC
And induct them into the mothafuckin' Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Along with other mentions that are out there.

Run-D.M.C, along with Kurtis Blow, arguably started all this rap shit as we know it today.

“Rock Box” served as the second track for their self-titled debut album, Run D.M.C, which dropped March 27th, 1984.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GND7sPNwWko&ob=av2n

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