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Run-DMC is an iconic American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York City. Founded by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, the group is widely regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking hip hop acts of all time.

Run-DMC released their self-titled debut album in 1984 and its follow-up, King of Rock, in 1985. Both albums featured the group's signature sound of hard-hitting beats and rhymes that made them stand out from the rest of the hip hop scene at the time. Their third album, Raising Hell, released in 1986, is considered their magnum opus and is often credited with introducing rap music to mainstream audiences. The album contained the group's most popular song, "Walk This Way," a collaboration with Aerosmith that peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made Run-DMC the first rap group to achieve gold status.

The group released three more albums - Tougher Than Leather (1988), Back From Hell (1990) and Crown Royal (2001) - before disbanding in 2002 following the murder of Jam Master Jay.

An interesting fact about Run-DMC is that they were the first rap group to receive a Grammy Award nomination, for their single "It's Like That," which was released in 1983.