Without question the single most important group in hip-hop's colorful history, Queens trio Run-D.M.C. have influenced practically everyone who came after them. Breaking barriers in both sound and sales, their charismatic flows and ground-breaking production took the music industry by storm, turning an entire generation on to the magic of rap music. From their first single in 1983, "It's Like That" b/w "Sucker MC's," their distinctive style put them in high regard with fans and fellow artists alike. Jam Master Jay sets the pace with raw, in-your-face drum beats and fierce scratching, while Run and D.M.C. unleashed aggressive and boastful tag-team rhymes destined to become classic. They truly were "kings from Queens," taking hip-hop to MTV and international stadium tours at a time when many critics still fronted on the genre's validity. Between 1984 and 1990 they released six full albums, appeared in two major films, and churned out a slew of incredible singles. "Peter Piper," "It's Tricky," and "My Adidas" continue to move crowds to this day, while the tracks "Rock Box," "King of Rock," and "Walk This Way" were the first to combine Hard Rock and rap, predating today's chart-topping... See More
Run DMC Concert Films
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minRun DMC were one of the true pioneers of rap music. Formed in the early eighties they had a string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums through the decade which helped to define the sound of contemporary rap music. They also pioneered the crossover with rock and pop typified by their worldwide hit Walk This Way, which they recorded with Aerosmith. This concert at Montreux in 2001 was one of the last they performed before the tragic death of Jam Master Jay in 2002.
Run DMC Top Tracks
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.
Live At The Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco 2006
Runtime: 45 minSnoop Dogg’s music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since then sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide
Watch his electrifying LIVE from the sold out world-famous Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (2006).
Me Myself and I
De La Soul
Runtime: 55 minWith their clever, surrealistic lyrics, inventive use of sampling and incorporating an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, jazz, fashion and psychedelia into their sound, New York-based DE LA SOUL are one of the most original and influential groups on the hip hop scene. Singing about peace and love rather than about sleaze and violence like most of their considerably more hardcore rap contemporaries, De La Soul come across as modern day hippies, an image which found favor with rock audiences. Hailed on their arrival on the scene in 1989 as the future of hip hop, De La Soul were quickly perceived as the leaders of a contingent of New York-based alternative rappers who dubbed themselves The Native Tongues Posse. This movement for a while looked as if it was going to eclipse hardcore hip hop in terms of popularity. This concert, filmed at the 1997 Lokerse Festival, features their hits 'Me, Myself And I' (with its sample of Funkadelic's '(Not Just) Knee Deep'), 'Ring, Ring, Ring' and 'Breakadawn'.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minIce T was at the height of his popularity and notoriety when this concert was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the summer of 1995. The set features all his biggest hits up to then, all gaining a new dimension in a live setting which enables him to improvise freely and react with his audience.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minPublic Enemy, also known as PE, is an influential hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100. Here, the group performs at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 27, 2008.