The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a Hall of Fame Series interview with Rev Run of Run-D.M.C. on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the Museum’s Main Stage. Rev Run was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group in 2009 in Cleveland. This Hall of Fame Series event is made possible by Novo Nordisk Inc.. Rev Run has partnered with Novo Nordisk and its national educational campaign Ask.Screen.Know. in an effort to raise awareness for the need to get screened for diabetes, since Rev Run has many of the risk factors for the condition himself.
Rev Run will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Dr. Jason Hanley, director of education at the Rock Hall. Following the interview, questions will be taken from the audience.
Rev Run is one of the most iconic figures in music. The front man of seminal hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., Rev Run has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and is widely credited for ushering rap music into mainstream culture.
An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Run-D.M.C. was named the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time by both MTV and VH1. Describing his considerable impact, Rolling Stone wrote, “ [Rev Run] took hardcore hip-hop from an underground street sensation to a pop-culture phenomenon...It was [Rev Run] that introduced hats, gold chains, and untied sneakers to youth culture…In the process, [Rev Run] helped change the course of popular music, paving the way for rap's second generation.”
With his trademark Adidas sneakers, black track suits, and gold chains, Rev Run has long been a global fashion influencer. Along with his brother Russell Simmons, he established Run Athletics the wildly successful apparel company that has been a fixture of international department and athletic stores for the last decade.
Rev Run remains a dynamic figure in entertainment today. His hit MTV show, Run's House, aired for six seasons and became one of the most widely viewed shows on cable television. Starring alongside his wife Justine and their six children, Rev Run became America’s favorite father and a paradigm of family values, humor, and spirituality. Run’s House set the groundwork for Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents - a book Rev Run co-authored with Justine. In 2008, he penned Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run’s House to Yours. His third book, Manology, co-authored with Tyrese, became a New York Times Best Seller instantly, still selling thousands of books weekly and holding firm on the best sellers list.
Recently, Rev Run has become a highly sought-after deejay and public speaker. Behind the turntables, Rev Run has toured around the world headlining music festivals across Europe and performing at high-profile events at the Super Bowl, American Music Awards, and New York Fashion Week. A dynamic speaker, Rev Run has relayed his positive messages of family, faith, and hip-hop at some of the world’s largest churches and most prestigious universities.
Rev Run’s daily inspirational words of wisdom are followed by four million people on Twitter and have established him as a thought leader in the world of social media.
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