The Kings from Queens

From: Hollis Queens
Crew Affiliation: None
Debut Album: Run-D.M.C

Best Song:

Classic Singles:
(7 Minimum for HOF Status)

1. Hard Times
2. It’s Like that
3. Peter Piper
4. My Adidas
5. Walk this way
6. Run’s House
7. King of Rock


The Kings from Queens are arguably the greatest Hip Hop Group there has ever been (and this site they are ranked #1)
Daryl and Joe ushered the street into hip hop, as far as groups are concerned, a departure from the groups with more of an disco appeal
Songs like Sucker MCs and Hard Times were aimed at the corner more so than the club
The accolades for the group are crazy:

(From Wikipedia)

  • A No. 1 R&B charting rap album
  • The second rap act to appear on American Bandstand (the Sugar Hill Gang appeared first on the program in 1981)
  • The first rap act to chart in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than once
  • The first rap artist with a Top 10 pop charting rap album
  • The first rap artist with gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums
  • The first rap act to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
  • (one of) The first rap act(s) to receive a Grammy Award nomination
  • The first rap act to make a video appearance on MTV
  • The first rap act to perform at a major arena
  • Signed to a major product endorsement deal (Adidas)
  • The second rap act to be inducted into the Rock and roll hall of fame

They single handedly made Adidas hood and hip hop staples, so much so the Adidas Superstars are synonymous with Hip Hop, furthermore, the group’s iconic logo has been re-imaged and interpreted for decades … that’s how dope Run DMC is, like Jerry West is the NBA’s Logo, Run DMC is the Hip Hop Logo

Memorable Bars

“I’m the king of rock, there is none higher Sucker MC’s should call me sire
To burn my kingdom, you must use fire
I won’t stop rockin’ till I retire”

“He’s the big bad wolf in your neighborhood,
Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!”

“Because the rhymes I say, sharp as a nail
Witty as can be and not for sale
Always funky fresh, could never be stale”

“If I eat, a little kid, sticks his finger in my plate
I be signing autographs, for three months straight”

“You don’t go to class you will not pass
You’d like to go but you’re too slow because you’re goin’ too fast”

“I like to speak my piece when I’m on the mic
I’m the best, or at least, I’m the one you like”

“I was born
son of Byford, brother of AL
Bad as my mamma and Run’s my pal
It’s McDaniels, not McDonald’s
These rhymes are Darryl’s, the burgers are RONALD’S”


Run–D.M.C. (1984)
King of Rock (1985)
Raising Hell (1986)
Tougher Than Leather (1988)
Back from Hell (1990)
Down with the King (1993)
Crown Royal (2001)

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